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Assaults On Police

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what records are kept of the number of cautions issued for assault on a police officer. (306362)

I have been asked to reply.

The Ministry of Justice Cautions Database holds records of each caution, reprimand and warning issued, and reported by police forces, in England and Wales. In each case the offender's gender and age are recorded along with some limited information on ethnicity. The database holds a record of the police force area in which the caution was issued and the offence for which the caution was given. Information is reported centrally on this basis (including records on the number of cautions issued for assault on a constable) irrespective of the nature of the offence.

The number of cautions issued in England and Wales in 2007 (latest available) for “assault on a constable” under section 89(1) of the Police Act 1996 is 2,183.

Court proceedings data for 2008 are planned for publication on 28 January 2010.