Disclosure Details

Sickness - 528/16

Dated: 17 Mar 2017

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act' 

Thank you for your e mail dated 21 April  2016 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions. 

You asked:

1. How many officers took sick leave for depression, anxiety, stress or post-traumatic stress in the last financial year (ending April 5 2016).

By this, I mean where any of the terms 'depression', 'anxiety' or 'stress' or 'post-traumatic stress' appear in the description of the officer's illness.

2. If possible, it would be useful for the information for each year to be broken down by rank, with a general description of the illness.

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention. 

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the HR Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police. 

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

1. Absence reason                       Total

     Anxiety                                    28

     Depression                               41

     Post Traumatic Stress               10

     Stress                                     127

    Grand Total                               206


2. Rank         Absence Reason         Total

    Insp            Depression                2


    Sgt             Anxiety                      3

                      Depression                 5

                      Post Traumatic Stress     1

                      Stress                          20

     PC            Anxiety                         25

                      Depression                   34  

                      Post Traumatic Stress     9

                      Stress                           107

   Grand Total                                     206


In 2016 Mental Health in the Workplace training sessions were delivered by MIND across the Northumbria Police force area which was aimed at first line supervisors and managers.  445 people attended the training 385 of those were police officers and 60 were police staff

In addition to providing the above training, Northumbria Police has access internally to a number of support mechanisms available to assist both officers and police staff who might be suffering from stress, anxiety or depression.  They include:-

Trauma Risk Management process (TRiM)

OHU Counselling support

OHU Clinical support

We are able to support a range of workplace adjustments ie flexible working, restricted duties.

We have policies/procedures that allow us to offer a range of alternatives to sickness absence ie compassionate/bereavement/terminal illness leave, special leave, dependants leave, unpaid leave and career breaks.


Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.


The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.