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Assaults on Police

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sickness days were taken due to assault in each police force in 2007-08; how many days were lost per police officer on average due to assault in that year; and what the cost to each police force was. (256743)

The data provided here on sickness days due to assault 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 requested data for 2007-08 are given in the table.

The requested information on days lost per officer and costs to each force are not collected centrally within the police personnel statistics series.

Number of police officer working days lost due to assaults1: 2007-08

Number

Avon and Somerset

566

Bedfordshire

219

Cambridgeshire

120

Cheshire

75

Cleveland

77

Cumbria

2

Derbyshire

143

Devon and Cornwall

188

Dorset

2

Durham

138

Dyfed-Powys

154

Essex

252

Gloucestershire

47

Greater Manchester

832

Gwent

122

Hampshire

191

Hertfordshire

2

Humberside

2

Kent

431

Lancashire

596

Leicestershire

2

Lincolnshire

344

London, City of

2

Merseyside

407

Metropolitan Police

5,848

Norfolk

162

Northamptonshire

6

Northumbria

1,075

North Wales

133

North Yorkshire

2

Nottinghamshire

179

South Wales

2

South Yorkshire

69

Staffordshire

174

Suffolk

208

Surrey

69

Sussex

276

Thames Valley

2

Warwickshire

24

West Mercia

354

West Midlands

1,166

West Yorkshire

691

Wiltshire

2

1 Provisional data taken from a supplementary series collected on behalf of HMIC and used for inspection purposes only. Data have not undergone usual quality assurance practices (including validation with individual police forces) and are therefore supplied for information purposes only.

2 Data not available. Force was not able to supply data at the time of collection.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were (a) shot at, (b) injured in shootings and (c) killed in shootings in each police force area in 2007-08. (256744)

The requested information is given in the following table.

Crimes recorded by the police in which firearms (excluding air weapons) were fired and the principle victim was a police officer on duty: England and Wales, 2007-08

Number of offences

Police force area

Total

Total resulting in injury1

Total resulting in fatal injury

North East Region

Cleveland

Durham

Northumbria

North West Region

Cheshire

Cumbria

Greater Manchester

2

1

Lancashire

7

7

Merseyside

4

1

Yorkshire and the Humber Region

Humberside

North Yorkshire

South Yorkshire

West Yorkshire

1

1

East Midlands Region

Derbyshire

Leicestershire

Lincolnshire

Northamptonshire

Nottinghamshire

2

1

West Midlands Region

Staffordshire

Warwickshire

1

1

West Mercia

2

1

1

West Midlands

4

3

East of England Region

Bedfordshire

Cambridgeshire

Essex

Hertfordshire

Norfolk

Suffolk

1

London Region

6

1

South East Region

Hampshire

Kent

Surrey

Sussex

Thames Valley

2

2

South West Region

Avon and Somerset

1

Devon and Cornwall

Dorset

Gloucestershire

1

Wiltshire

Wales

Dyfed-Powys

Gwent

North Wales

South Wales

England and Wales

34

19

1

1 Includes slight, serious (which necessitated detention in hospital or involved fractures, concussion, severe general shock, penetration by a bullet or multiple shot wounds) and fatal injuries.