A staggering 800 police officers across England and Wales are currently off sick with stress-related illnesses, it was reported today.

A survey of the 43 police forces found that smaller, largely rural forces have some of the highest proportions of officers off work with stress.

In total 787 officers were listed as currently signed off for stress, but as only 35 forces responded to the Freedom of Information request the real figure could be much higher.

Reported by the Mail Online. You can read the full story here.

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.