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Police force reduces staff sickness leave

Police officers lost just over 1,400 working days to sickness last year.

That's a drop of 16 per cent compared to figures from 2012-2013 when officers took almost 1,700. 
 
The Department of Home Affairs says it hopes the latest figures will counter the misconceptions that workers are frequently off sick. 
 
Minister Juan Watterson says he's pleased: 
 
 
Long-term sickness accounts for 59 per cent of the overall figure - he says there is a risk this could rise as more pressure is put on the constabulary:
 

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