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Police: Casualties

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of police officers have been injured in the line of duty in each police force area in each of the last 10 years. (156474)

The numbers of assaults on police officers are available, and are published each year in the Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) Annual Report. The total numbers of assaults have been given. The vast majority of these assaults are categorised as minor and no injury. The HMIC Annual Reports can be downloaded from the following link:

http://inspectorates.homeoffice.gov.uk/hmic/inspect_reports1/annual-reports/

The available data are for 1999-2000 to 2004-05 only, and have been given in the following table. The percentage of police officers injured in the line of duty cannot be accurately determined from the available data.

Assaults1 on police officers 1999-2000 to 2004-052,3

Force

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

Avon and Somerset

405

332

336

366

493

296

Bedfordshire

97

125

94

74

117

106

Cambridgeshire

160

154

118

151

168

149

Cheshire

239

225

219

352

391

339

City of London

44

44

62

43

48

53

Cleveland

13

342

258

59

67

63

Cumbria

103

85

80

120

111

95

Derbyshire

278

232

241

290

230

228

Devon and Cornwall

311

224

256

326

318

333

Dorset

168

132

156

197

131

165

Durham

221

291

304

241

221

136

Dyfed-Powys

89

112

122

134

104

141

Essex

170

210

225

260

375

395

Gloucestershire

143

176

123

149

147

170

Greater Manchester4

941

975

874

935

1022

Gwent

205

191

340

181

209

178

Hampshire

385

374

177

502

543

408

Hertfordshire

160

159

169

194

171

185

Humberside

265

244

188

261

196

130

Kent

292

282

363

367

374

399

Lancashire5

294

318

296

331

462

521

Leicestershire

218

236

235

212

202

305

Lincolnshire

128

118

167

168

166

198

Merseyside

520

119

147

10

182

165

Metropolitan police6

1,391

1,438

1,898

2,349

2,614

Norfolk

294

354

171

226

182

208

Northamptonshire7

189

138

136

149

109

98

Northumbria

513

530

538

691

39

240

North Wales

104

106

111

91

96

111

North Yorkshire

104

118

111

125

240

279

Nottinghamshire

422

316

174

392

109

234

South Wales8

317

405

893

1,042

704

712

South Yorkshire

198

212

209

164

192

163

Staffordshire

429

207

179

146

119

158

Suffolk

129

127

170

161

185

195

Surrey

140

233

175

223

225

256

Sussex

402

397

284

186

330

416

Thames Valley

142

288

320

316

313

269

Warwickshire

142

151

156

204

250

256

West Mercia

373

264

252

245

227

206

West Midlands9

941

1,865

1,097

1,264

1,112

910

West Yorkshire

665

699

1,021

781

856

889

Wiltshire

108

146

112

137

165

124

1 Data collated on behalf of and published by HMIC. Serious assaults are those for which the charge would be under Sections 18 and 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. Other assaults include those with minor or no injury. Recording practices may vary over time and between forces. 2 Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive. 3 HMIC did not publish a force breakdown of assaults prior to 1999-2000. HMIC have advised that assaults data will no longer be published in their Annual Report and that the data for 2004-05 is the last series of these data to be published. 4 Greater Manchester was not able to provide data in 2003-04. 5 Lancashire was not able to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults in 2003-04 and 2004-05. 6 Metropolitan police was unable to provide data in 2000-01 and was unable to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults from 2001-02 to 2003-04. 7 Northamptonshire was not able to separate serious and other assaults from 1999-2000 to 2002-03.

8 South Wales was not able to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults in 1999-2000. 9 West Midlands was not able to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults in 2003-04 and 2004-05.