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Emergency Services: Crimes of Violence

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many convictions there were in Northern Ireland in relation to assaults on (a) police officers, (b) ambulance personnel and (c) fire service officers in each of the last three years. (230363)

The number of convictions for assaults on (a) police officers and (c) fire and rescue service officers are documented in the following table. Assaults on (b) ambulance personnel do not constitute a separate offence under legislation: prosecutions for such assaults are instead taken forward under the normal range of offences against the person. As the backgrounds of the victims of such offences are not recorded on central databases, I regret it is not possible to give the numbers of such convictions which related to assaults on ambulance personnel.

Assault on fire and rescue officers became an offence on 1 July 2006 under the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.

Conviction data are collated on the principal offence rule; so only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

Number of convictions for assaults on police officers and fire and rescue service officers. 2004-06

2004

2005

2006

Assault on police officer

576

590

684

Assault on fire and rescue service officer

0