Police warned against taking sickdays for hangovers

The Chief Constable of Essex police, Stephen Kavanagh, has warned his force against taking sick leave for hangovers
The Chief Constable of Essex police, Stephen Kavanagh, has warned his force against taking sick leave for hangovers Credit: James Moy/James Moy Photography/Press Association Images

The Chief Constable of Essex police, Stephen Kavanagh, has warned a "small group" of his officers against taking time off sick to recover from hangovers.

He criticised the force's overall sickness record, saying officers take an average of 12 sick days a year compared to only seven among nurses at Broomfield Hospital in Colchester.

Kavanagh said some officers were "abusing the sickness management process", adding: "Every time they throw a sickie they are letting their mates down, they are letting their community down."

"if you look at the overall numbers compared to other forces, there is also a group - a small group but a group nonetheless - that are abusing the sickness management process," he said.

"If they can't get the time off, they take it sick. If they have a heavy night, on occasions they are taking days off."

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