Cops in men­tal health cri­sis

Tory cuts drive thou­sands off ill

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY KEIR MUDIE Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

BRU­TAL cuts have seen thou­sands of po­lice signed off with long-term men­tal health is­sues.

More than 9,000 of­fi­cers have been given leave since 2015 – and ex­perts say things will con­tinue to get worse.

Soar­ing work de­mands, dis­rupted days off and can­celled hol­i­days all add to pres­sure which is driv­ing cops “over edge”. Shadow Po­lice Min­is­ter Louise Haigh said: “We can’t keep ask­ing of­fi­cers to do more and more. Tory cuts are risk­ing pub­lic safety and the health of those who pro­tect us.”

A Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest un­cov­ered sta­tis­tics for 20 forces since 2015. Po­lice Scot­land has seen 1,952 of­fi­cers go off in that time, fol­lowed by Es­sex Po­lice with 738 and the Thames Val­ley force on 702.

Lib Dem MP Layla Moran said: “Po­lice are be­ing pushed over the edge by this Govern­the ment. Un­der­staffed, un­der­paid, un­der­val­ued and un­der siege from a Prime Min­is­ter with no re­spect for them.”

Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion chair John Apter said: “Of­fi­cers see things most peo­ple never ex­pe­ri­ence but are ex­pected to brush it off. More in­vest­ment in well­be­ing is cru­cial.”

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