Information on firearms offences (excluding air weapons) in which the weapon was fired but did not cause injury and the principle victim was a police officer on duty, from 2002-03 to 2006-07 is given in table (a).
Data relating to crimes recorded by the police in which a police officer on duty was injured by a firearm (excluding air weapon) by the weapon being fired, from 2002-03 up to and including 2006-07 and are given on table (b).
|Table a: Crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales in which a firearm (excluding air weapon) was fired but did not cause injury and the principle victim was a police officer on duty, 2002-03 to 2006-07|
|Police force area||Number of offences|
|England and Wales total||15|
|2003-04||Avon and Somerset||1|
|England and Wales total||13|
|England and Wales total||5|
|England and Wales total||11|
|England and Wales total||7|
|(1) The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced on 1 April 2002. Figures for some crime categories may have been inflated by this. |
(2) More explicit guidelines for the classification of weapons introduced on 1 April 2004 may have increased the recording of firearm offences particularly those committed by imitation weapons.
|Table b: Crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales in which a police officer was injured( 1) by a firearm (excluding air weapons), by police force area and injury type, 2002-03 to 2006-07|
|Police force area||Fatal injury||Serious injury( 2)||Slight injury||Total injuries|
|England and Wales total||—||1||11||12|
|Devon and Cornwall||—||—||1||1|
|England and Wales total||1||3||10||14|
|2004-05(4)||Avon and Somerset||—||—||2||2|
|England and Wales total||—||1||15||16|
|Devon and Cornwall||—||—||2||2|
|England and Wales total||1||6||12||19|
|England and Wales total||—||3||16||19|
|(1) By the weapon being fired. |
(2) A serious injury is one which necessitated detention in hospital or involve fractures, concussion severe general shock penetration of a bullet or multiple shock wounds.
(3) The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced on 1 April 2002. Figures for some crime categories may have been inflated by this.
4. More explicit guidelines for the classification of weapons introduced on 1 April 2004 may have increased the recording of firearm offences particularly those committed by imitation weapons.