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Police Use Of Firearms

Volume 406: debated on Thursday 12 June 2003

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
(Mr. Bob Ainsworth)

The statistics for April 2001 to March 2002 show that the number of police operations in which firearms were issued was 13,991. The number of occasions on which firearms were discharged by police was 11.Armed response vehicles were deployed on 11,572 occasions and there were 5,776 authorised firearms officers in England and Wales.Full details are set out in the tables below:

Number of Operations in which Firearms were authorised
1998–991999–20002000–012001–02
Total10,92810,91511,10913,991
Avon & Somerset889065195
Bedfordshire260190294237
Cambridgeshire437571114
Cheshire299386545419
Cleveland35762837
City of London147125340
Cumbria52243071
Derbyshire176178167275
Devon & Cornwall6165151101
Dorset6979174184
Durham1141144089
Essex590497435323
Gloucestershire525248165
Gtr Manchester160224357580
Hampshire129103114198
Hertfordshire757386112
Humberside317193158297
Kent928583115
Lancashire616267242232
Leicestershire109222217300
Lincolnshire57155336477
Merseyside4844898251,020
Metropolitan2,7422,8621,8622,447
Norfolk185239226175
Northamptonshire51575843
Northumbria6834657081,440
North Yorkshire69617292
Nottinghamshire266255233384
South Yorkshire135237127258
Staffordshire209174203232
Suffolk174165176163
Surrey60143221245
Sussex123185353248
Thames Valley158110153179
Warwickshire291194233130
West Mercia13011036117
West Midlands305362485822
West Yorkshire662813822757
Wiltshire24196645
Dyfed Powys38371828
Gwent64393020
North Wales386371195302
South Wales148255363283
Number of Authorised Firearms Officers (AFOs)
1998–991999–20002000–012001–02
Total6,3086,2626,0645,776
Avon & Somerset153150135116
Bedfordshire50464548
Cambridgeshire80777356
Cheshire70757481
Cleveland78807585
City of London55737473
Cumbria98989492
Derbyshire87778180
Devon & Cornwall82119100108
Dorset72666757
Durham9610110186
Essex235228195180
Gloucestershire79777271
Gtr Manchester217218240219
Hampshire11011110087
Hertfordshire43524446
Humberside1029710296
Kent130136136113
Lancashire132143132138
Leicestershire90908569
Lincolnshire75788091
Merseyside1219610378
Metropolitan1,9511,9771,9401,805
Norfolk109110114104
Northamptonshire92757751
Northumbria123114109125
North Yorkshire83596666
Nottinghamshire120116137136
South Yorkshire901009892
Staffordshire92816771
Suffolk101989090
Surrey69717262
Sussex156131118120
Thames Valley179187185156
Warwickshire44544550
West Mercia139129130125
West Midlands929383111
West Yorkshire128110117116
Wiltshire88897171
Dyfed Powys67656177
Gwent64686657
North Wales97926783
South Wales169155143138
Number of Operations involving Armed Response Vehicles (ARVs)
1998–991999–20002000–012001–02
Total7,7918,2768,17911,574
Avon & Somerset837856173
Bedfordshire240172253172
Cambridgeshire27543643
Cheshire247330441523
Cleveland29251613
City of London32243039
Cumbria38212753
Derbyshire153167152253
Devon & Cornwall435212176
Dorset6669155182
Durham84673157
Essex285244206165
Gloucestershire494439140
Gtr Manchester43173302528
Hampshire1149084116
Hertfordshire26446581
Humberside277181136273
Kent74586489
Lancashire596250177192
Leicestershire109144195292
Lincolnshire42141324470
Merseyside39646675974
Metropolitan1,5731,8121,3801,667
Norfolk167210192157
Northamptonshire32213525
Northumbria5033976551349
North Yorkshire30405460
Nottinghamshire246232207333
South Yorkshire115214103221
Staffordshire185131136208
Number of Operations involving Armed Response Vehicles (ARVs)
1998–991999–20002000–012001–02
Suffolk104101103116
Surrey46110192225
Sussex0*172245189
Thames Valley139108108174
Warwickshire220158194104
West Mercia999826100
West Midlands129138243563
West Yorkshire630787785609
Wiltshire17154843
Dyfed Powys30371828
Gwent39271716
North Wales298354155265
South Wales136220298218
* these forces have changed the counting method for incidents to which ARVs are deployed.