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Absenteïsme bij de Belgische geïntegreerde politie : een statistische analyse = L’absentéisme à la police intégrée belge : une analyse statistique

Celien De Stercke (UGent) and Jelle Janssens (UGent)
(2024)
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Sickness absence results in effective capacity losses for the Belgian police amounting to 3.600 members a year. Despite the tremendous efforts to annually recruit around 1.600 cadets, police unions estimate a general shortage of 5.000 police officers. In this figure, sickness absence is not included. Hence, it is important to analyze human resources within the Belgian police, including absenteeism. Although this rather straightforward conclusion has already been emphasized by politicians and (police) organizations, to date, absenteeism has not been examined within the Belgian integrated police. This book bridges the current knowledge gap by answering the following questions: “how does absenteeism manifest itself within the Belgian integrated police and what factors influence the phenomenon? These questions are answered during two stages. In the first stage of the research, a systematic review was conducted on absenteeism in the police internationally. Based on these results, hypothesis on absenteeism in the Belgian police have been formulated. The second is based on empirical research. In collaboration with the medical service of the Belgian federal police, data from the Med One database were collected from 2019. This includes all sickness absences across the entire police organization, including various sociodemographic, medical, and occupational factors. Most of the test variables are a Belgian replication of former research. Two innovations have been introduced, however: the role of the size of the organization and staff capacity. This data set has been statistically analyzed on several aggregation levels: the absence spell, the absent individual, and the local services, using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (IBM SPSS). This study gives supporting evidence for the distinction between short-term sickness absence and long-term sickness absence between less than 28 days and 28 days or more. The risk of long-term sickness absence is significantly higher for people complying with the following characteristics: female administrative personnel, older police members (+56 years), the Walloon region, absences starting in summer, the diagnoses neoplasm and mental and behavioral diseases, the federal police and personnel on a contractual basis. Furthermore, mental and behavioral diseases had a remarkable small proportion compared to the wider public sector, this could be due to reporting issues.

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De Stercke, Celien, and Jelle Janssens. Absenteïsme Bij de Belgische Geïntegreerde Politie : Een Statistische Analyse = L’absentéisme à La Police Intégrée Belge : Une Analyse Statistique. Maklu, 2024.
APA
De Stercke, C., & Janssens, J. (2024). Absenteïsme bij de Belgische geïntegreerde politie : een statistische analyse = L’absentéisme à la police intégrée belge : une analyse statistique. Maklu.
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De Stercke, Celien, and Jelle Janssens. 2024. Absenteïsme Bij de Belgische Geïntegreerde Politie : Een Statistische Analyse = L’absentéisme à La Police Intégrée Belge : Une Analyse Statistique. Antwerpen: Maklu.
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De Stercke, Celien, and Jelle Janssens. 2024. Absenteïsme Bij de Belgische Geïntegreerde Politie : Een Statistische Analyse = L’absentéisme à La Police Intégrée Belge : Une Analyse Statistique. Antwerpen: Maklu.
Vancouver
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De Stercke C, Janssens J. Absenteïsme bij de Belgische geïntegreerde politie : een statistische analyse = L’absentéisme à la police intégrée belge : une analyse statistique. Antwerpen: Maklu; 2024. 190 p.
IEEE
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C. De Stercke and J. Janssens, Absenteïsme bij de Belgische geïntegreerde politie : een statistische analyse = L’absentéisme à la police intégrée belge : une analyse statistique. Antwerpen: Maklu, 2024.
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