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Home Department written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers (a) were killed on duty and (b) received bravery awards in each police force area in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office

The information is as follows.

(a) The numbers of fatal assaults on police officers have been published each year by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in their annual report. HMIC have advised that these assaults data will no longer be published in their annual report and that the data for 2004-05 would be the last series of data to be published. The available data are given in the following table.

(b) The UK Honours System (including awards for merit, service or bravery) is managed by the Cabinet Office Ceremonial Secretariat and details of awards are published in the London Gazette. The number of police officers receiving such awards is not collected centrally within the police personnel statistics series.

Fatal assaults( 1) on police officers 1999-2000 to 2004-05( 2,3)
Force 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05
Avon and Somerset 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bedfordshire 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cambridgeshire 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cheshire 0 0 0 0 0 0
City of London 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cumbria 0 0 0 0 0 0
Derbyshire 0 0 0 0 0 0
Devon and Cornwall 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dorset 0 0 0 0 0 0
Durham 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dyfed-Powys 0 0 0 0 0 0
Essex 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gloucestershire 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greater Manchester(4) 1 1 0 1 0
Gwent 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hampshire 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hertfordshire 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humberside 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kent 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lancashire(5,6) 0 0 0 0
Leicestershire 0 0 0 2 0 0
Lincolnshire 0 0 0 0 0 0
Merseyside 0 0 0 0 0 0
Metropolitan Police(7) 0 0
Norfolk 0 0 0 0 0 0
Northamptonshire 0 0 0 0 0 0
Northumbria 0 0 0 0 0 0
North Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
North Yorkshire 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nottinghamshire 0 0 0 1 0 0
South Wales(8) 0 0 0 0 0
South Yorkshire 0 0 0 0 0 0
Staffordshire 0 0 0 0 0 0
Suffolk 0 0 0 0 0 0
Surrey 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sussex 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thames Valley 0 0 0 0 0 0
Warwickshire 0 0 0 0 0 0
West Mercia 0 0 0 0 0 0
West Midlands(5,6) 0 0 1 0
West Yorkshire 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wiltshire 0 0 0 0 0 0
(1) Data collated on behalf of and published by HMIC. Serious assaults are those for which the charge would be under sections 18 and 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. Other assaults include those with minor or no injury. Recording practices may vary over time and between forces.

(2) Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive.

(3) HMIC did not publish a force breakdown of assaults prior to 1999-2000. HMIC have advised that assaults data will no longer be published in their annual report and that the data for 2004-05 is the last series of these data to be published.

(4) Greater Manchester was not able to provide data in 2003-04.

(5) Lancashire and West Midlands were not able to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults in 2003-04, however the number of overall assaults was 462 and 1,112 respectively.

(6) Lancashire and West Midlands were not able to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults in 2004-05, however the number of overall assaults was 521 and 910 respectively.

(7) Metropolitan Police was unable to provide data in 2000-01 and was unable to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults from 2001-02 to 2003-04.

(8) South Wales was not able to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults in 1999-2000.

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