Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Assaults On Police

Justice written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many assaults on police officers resulted in (a) custodial and (b) non-custodial sentences in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2011.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for assault on a constable, by sentence breakdown, in England and Wales in 2010 and 2011 can be viewed in the table.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts, for assault on a constable, by sentence breakdown, England and Wales, 2010 and 2011(1, 2)
  Proceeded against Found guilty Sentenced(3) Absolute discharge Conditional discharge Fine Community sentence Suspended sentence Immediate custody Otherwise dealt with(4)
2010 10,351 8,695 8,729 22 814 1,253 4,209 768 1,368 295
2011 10,845 9,224 9,241 31 799 1,782 4,318 737 1,255 319
(1) The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe. (2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. (3) The number of offenders sentenced can differ from those found guilty as it may be the case that a defendant found guilty in a particular year, and committed for sentence at the Crown court, may be sentenced in the following year. (4) The category Otherwise dealt with includes: one day in police cells; disqualification order; restraining order; confiscation order; travel restriction order; disqualification from driving; and other miscellaneous disposals. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.