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Annex 17

(a) Officers are entitled to take reasonable amounts of time off during normal duty periods in order to provide assistance when a dependant falls ill, gives birth or is injured or assaulted, makes arrangements for the care for a dependant who is ill or injured in consequence of the death of a dependant, deal with the unexpected disruption or termination of arrangements for the care of a dependant or deals with an incident which involves a child of the officer and which occurs unexpectedly in a period during which an educational establishment which the child attends is responsible for the child.
(b) The officer must tell the chief constable the reason for the absence as soon as reasonably practicable, and for how long the officer expects to be absent.
(c) A dependant means a spouse, a child, a parent, a person who lives in the same household as the officer, otherwise than by reason of being his employee, tenant, lodger or boarder.
(d) Where applicable the definition of dependent extends to any person who reasonably relies on the officer for assistance on an occasion when they fall ill or are injured or assaulted to make arrangements for the provision of care in the event of illness or injury
(e) Leave taken as time off for dependants is to be treated as duty.

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