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Police: Motor Vehicles

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police response vehicles were in road accidents while on operational duty in each of the last five years; how many injuries were sustained by (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers in such accidents; and if he will make a statement. (143251)

The available data refer to all vehicles being used for a police purpose and to all police personnel, not separately to police officers and police community support officers. They cover the period from 2002-03. The information is given in the following tables.

Number of road traffic collisions on public roads involving police vehicles, from 2002-03 to 2005-06: England and Wales

Number of accidents

2002-031

18,644

2003-04

20,511

2004-052

19,046

2005-06

19,280

1 Data not available for Durham and West Midlands.

2 Data not available for Cleveland, Leicestershire and South Wales.

Number of police personnel casualties resulting from those road traffic accidents during immediate/emergency response, from 2002-03 to 2005-06, England and Wales

Fatal injury

Serious injury

Other injury

2002-031

2

33

568

2003-04

1

38

765

2004-052

0

25

781

2005-063

3

28

828

1 Data not available for Durham, Metropolitan police (other injury only), North Yorkshire and West Midlands.

2 Data not available for Dorset and Leicestershire.

3 Data not available for Nottinghamshire.