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Assaults on Police

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have been assaulted in each of the last 10 years. (306394)

Data for the numbers of assaults on police officers in 2004-05 and years previous to this can be found in the HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary Annual Reports, available in the Library of the House. A weblink to the 2004-05 report is provided for the member's convenience:

http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/hc0506/hc08/0842/0842.pdf

Data for the numbers of assaults on police officers for 2005-06 onwards can be found in the supplementary tables of the Home Office Statistical Bulletin “Police Service Strength, England and Wales”, available in the Library of the House. A weblink for the 2008-09 data is again provided for the member's convenience:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs09/hosb1309supp.pdf

Earlier data from HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary reports and later data from Home Office supplementary tables are not comparable with each other as HMIC data were taken from Crime Recording Systems and Home Office data were taken from self-reported HR systems.

In the 10-year period, the number of police officers has increased by 14 per cent. (from 123,841 in 1998-99 to 141,647 in 2008-09). The number of assaults relates to only a very small proportion of these police officers—in 2008-09 there were an average of 0.07 assaults per officer.