Figures released in a Freedom of Information Request have revealed that officers in Lancashire Constabulary took thousands of days off for reasons including stress, PTSD, anxiety, depression, self-harm, substance abuse and schizophrenia.

The Police Federation blames staff cuts for the number of days off taken for mental health reasons.

As part of a cost saving reorganisation police officer posts will have been reduced from 3,658 in 2009 to 2,962 in 2017.

Reported by Accrington News. You can read the full story here. 

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