1. ITV Report

Police officers' children to be allowed term-time absences

The Chief Constable of Humberside Justine Curran has written to every school head teacher in her Force area asking for their support in allowing authorised term time absence for the children of operational officers and staff.

Justine Curran Credit: Press Association

In a statement the force said:

We have a very wide and varied role in supporting communities and national events with our highest demand periods being during the summer and Christmas periods, both locally and nationally. For example, during the summer period this year, specialist public order officers may be required to support national demands such as the marching season in Northern Ireland, the Commonwealth Games in Scotland and the NATO Summit in Wales. This is in addition to the significant resource requirements locally within Humberside. As an organisation, we therefore have to restrict the number of operational officers and staff who take annual leave at any one time, in particular during the summer and Christmas periods."

– Justine Curran

Humberside Police say they have contacted the Secretary of State for Education and were told that the issue was up to the discretion of individual head teachers.

Ms Curran said schools already make allowances for armed services personnel and asked that requests from operating officers be "fully considered and looked upon favourably."