POLICE do not have enough clinical psychologists to deal with the stress officers face, legislators were told yesterday. The force's two psychologists are handling more than 800 cases. Legislators at a security panel meeting said the workload meant the psychologists were unable to detect those inclined to commit suicide. The 23 police officers who have killed themselves in the past five years did not receive counselling. Democratic Party legislator Cheung Man-kwong said officers tended to conceal problems, especially those involving money, to avoid disciplinary measures. Their colleagues would also remain silent, because many might be in similar trouble. 'They will not say a word as they may get themselves into trouble too,' said Mr Cheung. It was important to lessen psychologists' workload to enable them to identify those in trouble. Senior officials accepted more psychologists were needed but said it was difficult even for experienced counsellors to know if someone was on the verge of committing suicide. Deputy Secretary for Security Carrie Yau Tsang Ka-lai said: 'It is impossible to tell if someone is facing serious stress if he does not tell anyone.' An extra psychologist will be appointed in the next financial year.