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Police long-term sick numbers up

PUBLISHED: 10:39 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:18 05 July 2010

A rising number of Suffolk police officers are on long-term sick leave, with nearly 3pc currently off work.

Of the 1359-strong Suffolk force, 39 officers are unable to undertake their duties, compared to 25 who were off in the quarter between April and June this year.

A rising number of Suffolk police officers are on long-term sick leave, with nearly 3pc currently off work.

Of the 1359-strong Suffolk force, 39 officers are unable to undertake their duties, compared to 25 who were off in the quarter between April and June this year.

The average number of days missed over the past year by the three longest absentees in the eastern area, which covers Lowestoft and Beccles areas, is 159.

Long-term sickness is defined as more than four weeks' continuous absence due to ill health. Officers remain on full pay if they sustain an injury in the course of duty, or if they have a terminal illness, while decisions on pay levels for officers in other circumstances are made on an individual basis.

Suffolk also has 47 officers on health-related restricted duties.

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