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|Blunkett: Sick Cops 'Get Up My Nose'
- Home Secretary plans to reform police force
POLICE absenteeism is to be tackled by Home Secretary David Blunkett as part of a package of the most wide-ranging police reforms in decades.
Blunkett said that the rate of sickness among officers "gets up the nose of the public," adding, "there is no benefit to those who are out there struggling on the beat on a Friday night to find that a very large number of their colleagues are off sick."
To combat absenteeism, the Home Secretary is to set up an occupational health unit, although the unit's powers have not yet been outlined.
Other reform measures are likely to include performance related pay for officers on the beat, league tables for different forces and even districts within forces and the controversial recruitment of civilian 'support' officers, who would be handed the power to detain suspects.