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Police: Accidents

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many accidents involving police (a) pursuit and (b) patrol cars and drivers and members of the public resulting in serious injuries or death there were in each of the last five years; (198455)

(2) how many police vehicles were involved in road accidents resulting in (a) slight injuries, (b) serious injuries and (c) fatalities in the last five years;

(3) how many and what percentage of police vehicles involved in accidents while responding to an emergency or otherwise in pursuit were (a) motorway patrol vehicles, (b) armed response vehicles and (c) other police vehicles in each year since 1995.

The data provided here are a supplementary series collected on behalf and released with the approval of Her Majesty’s inspectorate of constabulary (HMIC). These data are normally used for inspection purposes only.

The centrally collected data on road traffic collisions are as follows:

1. Road traffic collisions on public roads involving police vehicles.

2. Road traffic collisions on public roads during immediate/emergency response and police pursuit.

3. For the road traffic collisions at No. 2., the number of casualties and the degree of injury.

These data have been collected centrally from 2002-03 and are provided in the following tables.

Number of road traffic collisions on public roads involving police vehicles by police force area, from 2002-03 to 2006-07

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

RTCs involving police vehicles

RTCs also involving non-police vehicles

RTCs involving police vehicles

RTCs also involving non-police vehicles

RTCs involving police vehicles

RTCs also involving non-police vehicles

RTCs involving police vehicles

RTCs also involving non-police vehicles

RTCs involving police vehicles

RTCs also involving non-police vehicles

Avon and Somerset

647

490

618

485

541

409

501

372

508

404

Bedfordshire

196

161

242

208

221

150

243

186

231

180

Cambridgeshire

217

152

233

139

264

169

154

106

169

0

Cheshire

167

142

253

220

242

223

152

130

179

161

Cleveland

142

93

55

40

0

0

216

92

192

72

Cumbria

186

111

207

127

213

122

177

93

128

82

Derbyshire

447

127

452

128

320

146

343

153

328

130

Devon and Cornwall

449

308

415

301

450

178

406

166

388

179

Dorset

184

141

198

165

189

161

179

147

197

1

Durham

1

1

209

152

175

131

126

93

122

87

Dyfed-Powys

204

27

67

20

221

70

176

36

106

36

Essex

414

306

345

259

327

245

391

259

607

254

Gloucestershire

203

118

162

104

225

1

198

106

205

1

Greater Manchester

1,038

815

1,075

772

925

688

888

656

853

627

Gwent

160

94

219

99

194

109

205

126

75

33

Hampshire

543

346

627

313

499

284

564

305

570

301

Hertfordshire

344

253

346

246

314

256

343

238

340

242

Humberside

150

92

238

124

204

110

179

96

247

138

Kent

732

271

593

244

697

195

564

250

513

194

Lancashire

510

93

489

91

412

80

422

50

557

99

Leicestershire

180

145

194

145

1

1

184

34

185

47

Lincolnshire

131

85

181

126

179

117

133

26

151

111

London, City of

38

31

107

56

64

41

77

44

147

106

Merseyside

240

225

297

253

244

211

273

226

270

231

Metropolitan Police

4,910

2,590

5,284

4,401

5,318

4,448

4,666

2,750

4,333

3,518

Norfolk

231

162

313

167

317

140

290

137

226

137

Northamptonshire

121

107

104

86

139

129

97

79

122

115

Northumbria

513

360

473

215

504

328

565

398

410

267

North Wales

60

54

80

59

81

68

72

74

74

66

North Yorkshire

397

16

126

18

77

67

32

31

23

17

Nottinghamshire

316

194

62

51

287

181

595

181

266

172

South Wales

917

202

862

162

0

0

749

172

789

170

South Yorkshire

316

1

354

293

380

316

213

112

291

159

Staffordshire

306

156

536

178

410

150

568

162

377

111

Suffolk

119

74

179

84

228

124

178

62

193

97

Surrey

320

124

357

151

432

187

416

147

422

172

Sussex

470

257

256

160

237

139

214

97

260

152

Thames Valley

992

256

1,057

478

802

506

994

598

824

600

Warwickshire

119

64

155

99

123

66

128

68

114

68

West Mercia

293

183

256

158

254

158

281

163

303

175

West Midlands

1

1

1,418

765

1,488

774

1,183

700

1,123

600

West Yorkshire

672

540

761

596

783

598

883

547

720

334

Wiltshire

50

0

56

0

66

3

62

8

70

2

Number of road traffic collisions during immediate/emergency response and police pursuit by police force area, from 2002-03 to 2006-07

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

RTCs from immediate response/pursuit

Those involving injury

RTCs from immediate response/pursuit

Those involving injury

RTCs from immediate response/pursuit

Those involving injury

Avon and Somerset

242

22

290

328

237

56

Bedfordshire

126

18

156

30

111

24

Cambridgeshire

103

10

96

10

107

20

Cheshire

58

18

42

12

88

27

Cleveland

88

18

28

4

0

0

Cumbria

50

9

34

5

42

6

Derbyshire

81

26

71

15

94

28

Devon and Cornwall

58

19

66

16

73

9

Dorset

37

9

17

8

1

1

Durham

1

1

108

28

101

16

Dyfed-Powys

2

0

1

0

2

0

Essex

127

23

22

22

21

21

Gloucestershire

57

24

60

5

55

12

Greater Manchester

185

49

198

43

196

62

Gwent

47

7

52

11

39

5

Hampshire

163

8

90

10

60

7

Hertfordshire

150

40

73

16

152

42

Humberside

53

13

33

11

52

11

Kent

198

25

96

80

144

20

Lancashire

62

17

56

15

53

11

Leicestershire

62

18

83

8

1

1

Lincolnshire

38

8

62

14

60

14

London, City of

7

0

21

2

14

1

Merseyside

100

39

116

51

75

38

Metropolitan Police

2,292

166

2,441

483

2,399

468

Norfolk

41

15

41

19

48

19

Northamptonshire

53

11

55

14

59

17

Northumbria

198

53

167

42

179

65

North Wales

18

7

16

6

11

19

North Yorkshire

48

23

0

0

21

6

Nottinghamshire

127

13

49

49

19

5

South Wales

151

18

124

7

0

0

South Yorkshire

98

27

95

79

52

21

Staffordshire

106

26

98

30

63

8

Suffolk

37

7

57

14

39

10

Surrey

118

24

104

22

156

26

Sussex

147

42

90

36

76

27

Thames Valley

222

97

217

84

321

45

Warwickshire

22

5

42

11

37

10

West Mercia

56

21

49

16

50

20

West Midlands

1

1

247

33

243

44

West Yorkshire

258

15

163

7

169

7

Wiltshire

17

5

14

4

15

7

2005-062006-07

RTCs from immediate response/pursuit

Those involving injury

RTCs from immediate response/pursuit

Those involving injury

Avon and Somerset

210

42

209

1

Bedfordshire

113

17

98

12

Cambridgeshire

52

9

73

0

Cheshire

37

13

48

11

Cleveland

83

27

100

21

Cumbria

33

5

32

3

Derbyshire

91

6

79

9

Devon and Cornwall

85

7

91

12

Dorset

56

15

27

2

Durham

52

14

54

13

Dyfed-Powys

2

0

3

0

Essex

67

14

92

22

Gloucestershire

48

6

59

8

Greater Manchester

176

53

157

51

Gwent

49

9

38

5

Hampshire

94

15

104

10

Hertfordshire

140

25

141

38

Humberside

34

7

72

15

Kent

161

20

80

8

Lancashire

57

16

56

12

Leicestershire

82

11

82

16

Lincolnshire

37

14

43

6

London, City of

17

4

1

0

Merseyside

113

83

88

27

Metropolitan Police

1,894

284

2,030

335

Norfolk

34

10

56

10

Northamptonshire

41

13

47

11

Northumbria

188

60

131

43

North Wales

13

1

20

10

North Yorkshire

12

11

14

14

Nottinghamshire

58

13

55

9

South Wales

137

3

124

1

South Yorkshire

15

5

52

14

Staffordshire

68

6

74

17

Suffolk

14

5

38

10

Surrey

148

23

155

20

Sussex

77

36

6

11

Thames Valley

352

89

373

40

Warwickshire

42

8

44

8

West Mercia

57

18

53

15

West Midlands

236

21

221

12

West Yorkshire

123

24

197

52

Wiltshire

16

2

9

3

Number of casualties resulting from those road traffic accidents during immediate/emergency response by police force area, from 2002-03 to 2006-07

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

Fatal injury

Serious injury

Other injury

Fatal injury

Serious injury

Other injury

Fatal injury

Serious injury

Other injury

Avon and Somerset

2

7

53

2

6

74

0

9

52

Bedfordshire

0

2

16

1

1

56

1

1

27

Cambridgeshire

0

6

6

0

4

12

0

0

26

Cheshire

0

2

27

0

1

17

0

7

29

Cleveland

0

0

18

1

0

3

0

0

0

Cumbria

0

0

8

0

0

5

0

0

6

Derbyshire

0

0

38

0

1

25

1

0

35

Devon and Cornwall

0

1

26

1

1

64

0

0

18

Dorset

0

1

10

1

2

9

1

1

1

Durham

0

1

41

2

1

36

0

1

26

Dyfed-Powys

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Essex

0

2

32

2

3

36

1

3

35

Gloucestershire

0

0

24

0

0

4

0

0

12

Greater Manchester

4

5

74

6

9

56

4

2

106

Gwent

0

0

12

0

0

24

0

0

5

Hampshire

1

7

29

0

3

7

0

0

7

Hertfordshire

0

6

59

0

2

16

0

5

61

Humberside

0

4

19

0

1

25

0

0

18

Kent

0

2

48

0

7

73

0

2

23

Lancashire

0

1

31

0

2

30

1

0

19

Leicestershire

1

2

15

0

2

16

1

1

1

Lincolnshire

0

2

10

0

5

18

2

2

12

London, City of

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

1

Merseyside

3

3

62

3

6

75

0

3

58

Metropolitan Police

5

14

1

4

21

600

4

23

724

Norfolk

1

1

17

1

1

28

0

6

26

Northamptonshire

0

1

14

1

6

19

0

4

22

Northumbria

0

3

62

0

3

70

3

13

94

North Wales

0

0

18

0

1

5

0

0

3

North Yorkshire

1

1

1

0

2

13

0

2

7

Nottinghamshire

2

5

8

1

8

57

1

0

4

South Wales

0

0

20

0

0

9

0

0

0

South Yorkshire

0

3

24

0

12

67

2

10

83

Staffordshire

0

0

26

0

1

29

0

0

1

Suffolk

0

1

6

0

3

11

0

2

8

Surrey

0

2

40

1

2

33

0

1

31

Sussex

0

7

45

0

6

27

2

0

31

Thames Valley

3

13

115

2

11

122

0

6

71

Warwickshire

0

0

5

0

1

10

2

0

8

West Mercia

0

4

30

0

2

22

0

4

32

West Midlands

1

1

61

2

2

44

0

0

44

West Yorkshire

0

0

15

0

0

7

0

2

5

Wiltshire

0

0

8

0

0

4

0

0

11

2005-062006-07

Fatal injury

Serious injury

Other injury

Fatal injury

Serious injury

Other injury

Avon and Somerset

2

3

68

0

8

42

Bedfordshire

0

0

17

1

2

11

Cambridgeshire

0

0

10

0

0

0

Cheshire

0

5

30

0

2

18

Cleveland

0

0

0

0

1

8

Cumbria

2

0

3

0

0

3

Derbyshire

0

0

6

0

0

16

Devon and Cornwall

0

0

15

0

1

20

Dorset

1

1

17

0

1

7

Durham

0

2

13

0

1

21

Dyfed-Powys

0

0

0

0

0

0

Essex

1

4

17

0

0

22

Gloucestershire

0

0

6

1

1

1

Greater Manchester

1

3

91

6

6

64

Gwent

0

1

13

0

0

7

Hampshire

1

7

10

1

5

4

Hertfordshire

2

3

45

0

11

48

Humberside

0

0

12

1

0

19

Kent

1

1

18

0

0

12

Lancashire

0

0

28

0

2

32

Leicestershire

0

1

10

0

1

15

Lincolnshire

0

1

13

0

0

6

London, City of

0

1

6

0

0

0

Merseyside

3

3

136

1

4

88

Metropolitan Police

4

33

584

4

26

496

Norfolk

0

0

10

0

0

10

Northamptonshire

0

1

18

1

7

13

Northumbria

1

5

84

1

5

64

North Wales

0

0

1

0

0

24

North Yorkshire

0

2

10

0

11

16

Nottinghamshire

1

1

1

1

1

1

South Wales

0

0

3

0

0

1

South Yorkshire

0

2

11

0

33

35

Staffordshire

1

0

5

0

0

17

Suffolk

1

1

4

0

0

16

Surrey

0

1

31

0

2

24

Sussex

5

0

23

0

0

43

Thames Valley

0

2

127

3

6

56

Warwickshire

0

0

8

0

0

8

West Mercia

0

2

26

0

1

23

West Midlands

0

0

31

0

0

12

West Yorkshire

0

0

24

0

0

52

Wiltshire

0

0

4

0

0

4

1 Data are not available.