Date lodged: 18 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what support is being provided to civilian staff working in Police Scotland control rooms, in light of reports that a third of them took long-term sick leave during 2015-16.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 30 November 2016
The welfare of police staff and police officers is taken very seriously by Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority and they provide a range of support to help manage their health and wellbeing in the workplace.
The overall absence rate for all civilian staff, as reported to the SPA Board in August 2016, was 4.8%, which is a 0.1% reduction in comparison with quarter one last year.