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by Peter Moskos

December 11, 2011

The more things change... December 11, 1829

Sick days and line-of-duty injury.
The Secretary of State for the Home Department has directed that, in future when a Police Constable is certified sick by the surgeon, from that day till he is again certified by the surgeon fit for duty, “a deduction of 1s. shall be made from his pay each day.” In certain cases, however, of wounds received in the execution of their duty, and certified by the surgeon to that effect, orders will be given for the amount of stoppages to be returned when the man returns to his duty.

Source: Metropolitan Police. Instructions Orders &c. &c. 1836. London: W. Clowes & Sons.

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Momma Fargo said...

Wow. Yikes. That seems like a job I would not want to risk getting sick.

Anonymous said...

That's ridiculous, because police officers are risking their lives against danger. Therefore, I don't see a reason to deduct anything from their paycheck.