POLICE officers were ill-equipped to deal with disabled staff after receiving 'grossly inadequate training,' a tribunal was told.
Chester CID officer Claire Doolan claims Cheshire Police discriminated against her acute post natal depression.
Her barrister, Joanne Connolly, told the tribunal this week that Mrs Doolan's superiors had no training on dealing with disabled staff before the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) was introduced in October 2004.
The only DDA information provided to most officers was a page on the internal computer system.
Mrs Doolan claims Cheshire Police should have reviewed a misconduct charge against her in October 2004 because it was caused by a disability - an acute form of post natal depression called puerperal psychosis.
Gripped by the mental illness, Mrs Doolan was suffering from 'delusional thoughts' in May 2004 when she created a false diary alleging that her husband, police officer Sean, was plotting to kill her.
She mentioned it to a colleague, leading to Mr Doolan's arrest in front of his young son and suspension for suspected domestic abuse.
When Mrs Doolan finally persuaded officers that she had not been abused, she was suspended from duty.
Speaking at the employment tribunal last Thursday, Supt Jed Manley, of Blacon Police Station, accepted that without training he might unknowingly discriminate against staff and would not know when to ask for assistance from human resources staff.
Inspector David Jones, who was Mrs Doolan's patrol inspector at Chester Police Station, said: 'I would like to think that I would be able to deal with any issues in a caring and sensitive manner but I accept I would be less likely to be able to recognise if I was discriminating against someone without the relevant training.'
Describing the intranet information page as 'grossly inadequate,' Miss Connolly said: 'There is no guarantee that busy officers would prioritise that, click on it, read it or understand it.'
Cheshire Police say that, unlike other employers, they have a duty to satisfy the public interest when investigating officer conduct.
Submitting the force's case, John Reede said inquiries had to take a certain path because of the seriousness of the charges.
The tribunal adjourned on Tuesday and is expected to take around eight weeks to reach a verdict on the evidence.
Speaking on Tuesday, Mrs Doolan said: 'This has been an horrific time for myself and my family. I hope to try to put the events of 2004 behind me and concentrate on trying to rebuild my life.
'I hope very soon to work to assist other sufferers of post natal depression in some way.'