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Police: Firearms

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) accidental and (b) negligent discharges of firearms by police officers were reported to police forces in England and Wales in 2007. (155978)

This information is not collected centrally by the Home Office. However, police forces in England and Wales are encouraged to report any instances of accidental or negligent discharges of firearms by police officers to the Association of Chief Police Officers. The Association of Chief Police Officers aims to share lessons learned from these incidents with all forces to prevent them occurring again, and will consider changes to policy where appropriate at a national level.