Police officers being signed off sick with stress and anxiety doubles in
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Show more Sgt Cooke said: “People have got far too heavy workloads, which contain a lot of risk, and that’s weighing very heavily on their minds.”The problem is that the relentlessness of the demand, leaves absolutely no time because officers are going from one job to the next job, to the next, with no time to in between, to download, to discuss, to reflect.”He said that he had also suffered from ‘low moods’, adding: “There’s been times in the last five to 10 years that I was adamant that as soon as I got an opportunity I was going to leave the service. I was fed up of it.”The Home Office said: “Our police officers do an incredibly difficult job and we take their physical and mental health very seriously.”That is why we have given £7.5 million to the recently-launched National Police Wellbeing Service which will improve the support provided to police officers and staff.”It is vital that chief officers give their staff the support they need and the Government welcomes the work being led by forces to promote officers’ health and wellbeing.” Richard Cooke, Chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, said officers are “broken and emotionally exhausted”. Police officers being signed off sick with stress and anxiety has doubled in the past five years, new freedom of information figures have revealed.One in 14 officers have had to take off time in the past year, a rise of 96 per cent overall.There are around 144,000 officers in the UK, and the figures show 10,684 officers needed leave to recover from stress, depression, anxiety of post-traumatic stress disorder.In March 2014, the same figure was just 5,460 officers – with police chiefs blaming cuts to workforce numbers has added to the stress of the job.Of the 43 forces, only Cumbria, Dyfed Powys and Lincolnshire Police did not respond to the Freedom of Information request.West Midlands had the highest number of officers off sick, with 1,251 – double the previous year. The figure works out at around one in five of their entire force.This was followed by the Met Police, with 783, and 597 in Manchester.A total of 715 officers in Police Scotland took time off sick with stress compared to 723 the previous year, and 449 officers working for the PSNI took time off for stress.The force with the lowest number of officers taking time off for stress was Wiltshire, with just 63 cops off sick in the past year.