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Cleveland Police stress-related absence increases

Stress-related absence has more than trebled at Cleveland Police, according to a new report.

The number of days lost to stress rose to 2,790 in 2011/12, an increase from 894 in the previous year, members of Cleveland Police Authority will be told on Thursday.

Absence relating to depression and anxiety rose from 367 to 979 while the overall rate went up by 50%.

The report described the rise in sickness as "disappointing".

'Disappointing'

Officers were absent from work for an average of 9.16 days per year.

In the report, temporary Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer says the increase has happened at a time of "significant organisational change" in the force.

"The increase in sickness will be disappointing at a time when resources need to be maximised, although it should be noted the force has performed very well in recent years when compared to others," she writes.

The upward trend in absence has continued in the first part of this financial year.

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