Thames Valley Police Force is in the top five constabularies for stress related absences in England and Wales, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.
Figures show that in 2013 there were 244 stress related absences in the Thames Valley force, compared to 189 in 2009.
There was also a total of 9,311 hours lost to sick leave compared to 7,975 in 2009. The total number of hours lost since 2010 is 34,500.
Anecdotal evidence suggests police officers are overstretched and taking on more responsibilities.
On a national level the police service has seen a staggering increase in the number of hours taken sick under this Coalition Government. With the thin blue line being stretched ever thinner, the health of our hardworking neighbourhood police teams is being damaged, undermining effective community policing.
On Monday Labour's Policing Minister, Jack Dromey, met with residents in Reading to hear their views on the issue.
Jack Dromey said: "Theresa May makes the Police sick. Under her watch, hours lost to sickness have soared to a staggering 8 million. That's the equivalent of 4,190 Police Officers off the beat and confined to bed.
"Little wonder because the Home Secretary tops the European league, cutting more Police Officers than any other country in Europe. With 15,000 gone, 10,000 from the front line, many Police Officers are now paying the price with their health.
"In Thames Valley Police Service alone the amount of sick hours taken has grown to nearly 34,500 since 2010. Thames Valley is now in the top 5 constabularies for stress related absences in England and Wales. Theresa May's disregard for the dedicated work our bobbies do in our neighbourhoods is placing them under undue pressure.'
Jack Dromey was joined by Victoria Groulef. Victoria said: "We need to address this issue now, local people at a community meeting in Coley today told us how much they value neighbourhood policing. We need productive community policing teams in every neighbourhood across the constituency and they need to be resourced to enable them to get on with their job."