The number of police officers taking time off due to long-tern sickness in the Lothian and Borders Police, Scotland, has risen a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Scotsman report:

Sickness absences at Lothian and Borders Police were today said to be of “continuing concern” after figures revealed 14 per cent of officers were off ill for ten days or more in a row last year.

Statistics released under the Freedom of Information Act show that, in 2012, 425 out of the force’s 3000 officers were off sick for ten or more days in one period of sickness.

Insiders suggested that the problem was caused by a lack of desk jobs for officers recovering from illness.

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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.