STRESS is a major factor in a huge increase in the number of retiring police officers, union leaders say.
In 2022, more than twice as many civil servants will resign as in previous years.
Statistics show 1,201 left Police Scotland last year, after 592 hung up their batons in 2021 and 532 in 2020.
And last night David Kennedy of the Scottish Police Federation said: “The main reason is that they are upset.”
“The police officers have had enough and are retiring because they are simply done.
“People have no idea the stress and strain many officers are under. Their pensions have also changed, while recent budget cuts have had a knock-on effect.
“You don’t get a break at work. When the opportunity arises to leave, they leave.”
“Many find another job somewhere else with less effort and often more money.”
Figures show the national force had 16,614 police officers at the end of March. Bosses have called for more government funding to close a budget black hole.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Most officers left to retire last year. The increase in the last two years is due to changes in the pension regulations.
“The proportion of departures through redundancy has fallen year on year and an internal survey found that job satisfaction is high across our service.”
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