Cuts drive cop stress
THOUSANDS of police have been signed off with long-term mental health issues after brutal Tory cuts.
More than 9,000 officers have been given leave since 2015 – and experts say things will only get worse.
Soaring work demands, disrupted days off and cancelled holidays are all adding to the pressure.
Shadow Police Minister Louise Haigh said: “Tory cuts are risking public safety and the health of those who protect us.”
Freedom of Information data on 20 forces since 2015 showed Police Scotland had 1,952 staff off, followed by Essex Police with 738 and Thames Valley on 702.
Lib Dem MP Layla Moran said: “Police are being pushed over the edge.”
Police Federation chair John Apter said: “Officers see things most people never experience. Investment in wellbeing is crucial.”