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Police: Firearms

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times police armed response units were deployed in the northern division of Cambridgeshire Constabulary in each year since 1997; and how many and what percentage of these incidents resulted in a police officer discharging their weapon. (160215)

The information is not available centrally in the form requested. The number of operations involving armed response vehicles (ARVs) in the Cambridgeshire Constabulary is shown in the following table. We do not collect statistics by force division. The overall number of incidents where a conventional firearm was used in England and Wales, is also shown.

Number of operations involving armed response vehicles (ARVs)—Cambridge Constabulary

Number

1996-97

23

1997-98

19

1998-99

27

1999-2000

54

2000-01

36

2001-02

43

2002-03

45

2003-04

155

2004-05

172

2005-06

160

Number of incidents where conventional firearms were used by police, England and Wales

Incidents

Percentage of incidents compared with number of authorised operations

1996-97

5

0.040

1997-98

3

0.025

1998-99

5

0.046

1999-2000

7

0.064

2000-01

9

0.081

2001-02

11

0.079

2002-03

10

0.067

2003-04

4

0.024

2004-05

5

0.031

2005-06

9

0.048