Cuts drive cop stress

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Keir Mudie

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.”

PRES­SURE: Of­fi­cer

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