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Police absenteeism rate reaches 'extremely high' 11%,

Sunday 18 November 2012

Some 11% of serving police officers are off work sick at any one time, according to calculations by RTL news.

This means the official police absenteeism rate is three times that of the general population. By contrast, the police spend just 9% of their time dealing with 112 emergencies, the figures show.

‘11% is extremely high,’ former police chief turned MP for D66 Magda Brendsen told the broadcaster. ‘You could expect 6% given it is such a difficult job with irregular hours, but this is almost twice as high.’

Brendsen says she plans to ask justice minister Ivo Opstelten for an explanation.

In total, some 28% of police manpower is not available for regular duties. In addition to being sick, they spend 17% of their time on courses and training programmes.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

So that's the reason so many laws are ignored! They are never around to write up people for breaking the law like illegally parked cars, dogs off lead, people never cleaning up after their dogs, speeding cars, cars running red lights, fireworks going off every day...

By M | 18 November 2012 11:42 AM

No wonder there is never a policeman/woman around when they are needed. I can see where training courses are necessary, but it sure would be nice to have one come when you put in a call for help instead of waiting 30-45 minutes or longer before one shows up.... and they want us "dog walkers" to help with their work.

By dee | 18 November 2012 5:24 PM

"They" Dee? As far as I know it was only the major of Almere who said that.

By pepe | 18 November 2012 8:51 PM

This says everything you need to know about the state of morale in this country at the moment, and it's about to get a whole lot worse.

By Z | 19 November 2012 4:06 AM

Clearly the system of having police on-call for extended periods needs to be changed.

By Puck | 19 November 2012 10:11 AM

Methinks, more drones and face recognition cameras, dog walkers can help to, and of course, nosy neighbours/curtain twitchers etc. Sorted!

By Highlander | 19 November 2012 1:30 PM

@ Highlander, ROFL, and don't forget Sinterklas's little helpers whilst they are in town!

By jaycee | 19 November 2012 9:04 PM

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