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Firearms (Police Use)

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

The statistics for 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006 show that the number of police operations in which firearms were authorised was 18,891.

The police discharged a conventional firearm in nine incidents. In addition, the Police discharged baton rounds or AEP in 14 incidents and fired Taser in 89 incidents.

Armed response vehicles were deployed on 14,355 occasions and there were 6,584 authorised firearms officers in England and Wales.

Full details are set out in the following tables:

Number of operations in which firearms were authorised

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Total

13,991

14,827

16,657

15,981

18,891

Avon and Somerset

195

262

311

333

247

Bedfordshire

237

301

442

475

575

Cambridgeshire

114

57

104

241

201

Cheshire

419

451

397

358

367

Cleveland

37

170

453

530

657

City of London

40

131

364

404

323

Cumbria

71

77

72

152

112

Derbyshire

275

401

369

287

305

Devon and Cornwall

101

96

112

71

84

Dorset

184

193

231

223

263

Durham

89

83

156

144

291

Essex

323

312

275

296

432

Gloucestershire

165

185

127

176

229

Greater Manchester

580

518

507

461

478

Hampshire

198

162

208

237

289

Hertfordshire

112

172

195

185

187

Humberside

297

187

183

206

362

Kent

115

137

207

163

219

Lancashire

232

238

318

241

240

Leicestershire

300

268

295

260

363

Lincolnshire

477

392

386

294

220

Merseyside

1,020

628

751

733

669

Metropolitan

2,447

3,199

3,563

2,964

4,711

Norfolk

175

200

178

195

175

Northamptonshire

43

138

148

158

137

Northumbria

1,440

1,275

1,140

977

611

North Yorkshire

92

100

147

185

183

Nottinghamshire

384

452

459

408

394

South Yorkshire

258

463

484

546

749

Staffordshire

232

281

255

216

171

Suffolk

163

270

251

153

202

Surrey

245

247'

203

151

222

Sussex

248

204

280

187

190

Thames Valley

179

167

195

289

427

Warwickshire

130

149

164

124

180

West Mercia

117

91

197

162

122

West Midlands

822

902

1,377

1,264

1,044

West Yorkshire

757

604

575

853

1,335

Wiltshire

45

58

63

88

139

Dyfed Powys

28

29

28

51

63

Gwent

20

37

40

81

94

North Wales

302

259

197

223

350

South Wales

283

281

250

236

279

Number of authorised firearms officers (AFOs)

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Total

5,776

5,763

6,96

6,243

6,584

Avon and Somerset

116

84

122

118

117

Bedfordshire

48

53

58

56

59

Cambridgeshire

56

71

60

60

50

Cheshire

81

89

75

76

73

Cleveland

85

80

95

100

100

City of London

73

72

86

89

86

Cumbria

92

87

89

90

89

Derbyshire

80

69

70

74

75

Devon and Cornwall

108

115

132

123

122

Dorset

57

59

60

64

62

Durham

86

102

97

103

100

Essex

180

184

186

202

205

Gloucestershire

71

80

82

93

92

Greater Manchester

219

202

205

187

245

Hampshire

87

94

94

92

97

Hertfordshire

46

47

50

53

52

Humberside

96

96

96

101

92

Kent

113

93

90

94

94

Lancashire

138

129

122

115

123

Leicestershire

69

68

51

53

59

Lincolnshire

91

87

78

86

87

Merseyside

78

84

94

93

129

Metropolitan

1,805

1,823

2,060

2,134

2,331

Norfolk

104

109

114

125

119

Northamptonshire

51

56

52

50

56

Northumbria

125

99

90

93

98

North Yorkshire

66

64

60

56

78

Nottinghamshire

136

131

138

138

149

South Yorkshire

92

100

98

122

116

Staffordshire

71

63

67

76

70

Suffolk

90

80

96

88

84

Surrey

62

48

53

49

51

Sussex

120

141

134

130

129

Thames Valley

156

180

172

176

180

Warwickshire

50

51

46

53

55

West Mercia

125

131

139

141

152

West Midlands

111

110

124

134

145

West Yorkshire

116

132

140

130

150

Wiltshire

71

78

80

74

72

Dyfed Powys

77

62

58

79

68

Gwent

57

60

71

74

86

North Wales

83

75

73

65

57

South Wales

138

125

139

134

130

Number of operations involving armed response vehicles (ARVs)

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Total

11,574

11,848

13,218

13,137

14,355

Avon and Somerset

173

215

249

312

167

Bedfordshire

172

269

414

419

534

Cambridgeshire

43

45

155

172

160

Cheshire

523

337

356

773

807

Cleveland

13

63

86

154

285

City of London

39

131

364

275

234

Cumbria

53

45

65

134

90

Derbyshire

253

363

312

254

257

Devon and Cornwall

76

32

94

54

54

Dorset

182

180

215

195

246

Durham

57

66

96

91

256

Essex

165

176

138

138

155

Gloucestershire

140

166

109

121

145

Greater Manchester

528

406

440

364

306

Hampshire

116

108

128

167

178

Hertfordshire

81

129

157

155

160

Humberside

273

170

158

184

335

Kent

89

132

193

124

183

Lancashire

192

185

273

228

232

Leicestershire

292

232

269

232

328

Lincolnshire

470

367

355

276

210

Merseyside

974

547

687

677

611

Metropolitan

1,667

2,447

2,423

2,322

2,572

Norfolk

157

186

169

163

149

Northamptonshire

25

90

99

89

101

Northumbria

1,49

1,04

1,063

893

585

North Yorkshire

60

67

110

144

208

Nottinghamshire

333

397

404

336

342

South Yorkshire

221

280

322

438

632

Staffordshire

208

241

212

183

154

Suffolk

116

160

194

119

149

Surrey

225

240

190

140

204

Sussex

189

171

250

163

162

Thames Valley

174

167

179

265

355

Warwickshire

104

31

138

102

144

West Mercia

100

111

241

152

94

West Midlands

563

592

975

952

745

West Yorkshire

609

565

543

656

1040

Wiltshire

43

39

28

54

124

Dyfed Powys

28

29

28

48

55

Gwent

16

16

23

74

85

North Wales

265

198

153

180

299

South Wales

218

253

161

165

223