Emergency Services

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 22nd March 2011.

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Photo of Irene Oldfather Irene Oldfather Labour

Question S3W-40115

To ask the Scottish Executive how many attacks there were on emergency workers while on duty in 2010, broken down by local authority area.

Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party

Number of crimes of an attack on an emergency worker recorded by the police in 2009-10, by local authority area.

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Local Authority Area2009-10
Aberdeen City244
Argyll and Bute65
Dumfries and Galloway113
Dundee City152
East Ayrshire126
East Dunbartonshire63
East Lothian38
East Renfrewshire39
Edinburgh City370
Eilean Siar (W.Isles)24
Glasgow City1,327
North Ayrshire99
North Lanarkshire456
Orkney Islands3
Perth and Kinross118
Scottish Borders72
Shetland Islands11
South Ayrshire72
South Lanarkshire365
West Dunbartonshire138
West Lothian103

2009-10 is the first year in which all police forces started consistently recording minor assaults on police officers, as assaulting an emergency worker under the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005. As a result, previous years data will not necessarily have included all emergency workers. Data for years prior to 2009-10 is available at police force area level in the paper Assaults on police officers and other emergency workers, in Scotland, 1999-00 to 2008-09 published by the Scottish Government in June 2010, a copy of which is available in the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre (Bib. number 50564).

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