Police boss reassures residents after sick leave criticsm (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Police boss reassures community after sick leave criticsm
Police officers in Epping Forest are not taking too many sick days, despite criticisms of the county force by Essex’s top cop.
Chief Constable Stephen Cavangh recently said some officers are not turning up for work after drinking heavily and the average number of sick days is too high.
But Marc Jordan, the Neighbourhood Inspector for Epping Forest, insists there is not a problem in the district.
He said: “[Sick leave] is not a major issue in Epping - not at all.
“Epping Forest residents are getting great value from their force.”
Chief Constable Cavanagh has vowed to lower the average number of annual sick days across Essex, which in Essex currently stands at 12.
Epping Forest District currently has one officer and one member of police staff undergoing disciplinary action in relation to their attendance.
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