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Assaults on Police

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded offences of assault on a police constable per 100,000 population there were in each police force area in each year from 2005 to 2007. (247151)

The available information on recorded offences relates to 2005-06 to 2007-08 and is given in the following table. The data covers offences of assault without injury on a police constable. Offences in which police officers suffer injury will be recorded as a more or less serious wounding offence depending on the severity of the injury sustained.

Recorded offences of assault without injury on a constable per 100,000 population

Rate per 100,000 population

Police force area

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Avon and Somerset

56

56

47

Bedfordshire

50

56

19

Cambridgeshire

58

41

46

Cheshire

36

37

35

Cleveland

52

54

70

Cumbria

44

41

52

Derbyshire

13

15

13

Devon and Cornwall

20

29

24

Dorset

42

31

34

Durham

51

50

37

Dyfed-Powys

42

49

49

Essex

41

25

27

Gloucestershire

52

43

36

Greater Manchester

45

37

28

Gwent

43

61

57

Hampshire

51

53

55

Hertfordshire

60

53

50

Humberside

50

47

47

Kent

44

47

39

Lancashire

53

46

44

Leicestershire

49

35

32

Lincolnshire

29

36

39

London, City of

1

1

1

Merseyside

50

53

59

Metropolitan Police

40

45

43

Norfolk

49

46

44

Northamptonshire

42

39

31

Northumbria

44

46

26

North Wales

27

33

37

North Yorkshire

55

37

44

Nottinghamshire

31

34

31

South Wales

40

34

32

South Yorkshire

33

37

39

Staffordshire

60

40

40

Suffolk

48

43

45

Surrey

33

34

34

Sussex

52

50

55

Thames Valley

41

37

36

Warwickshire

49

55

55

West Mercia

25

23

23

West Midlands

13

13

12

West Yorkshire

39

40

31

Wiltshire

22

16

17

England and Wales

41

40

37

1 Not applicable because of the resident population relative to the transient population.