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Prison Officers: Crimes of Violence

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 8th May 2018.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers required hospital treatment as a result of an assault at work in 2017.

Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers required hospital treatment as a result of an assault at work in the first three months of 2018.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Between April and December 2017 prison officers attended hospital for treatment following 741 incidents of assault. This information was not recorded for incidents that occurred before April 2017, and data for the first three months of 2018 is not yet available.

These figures have been drawn from the HMPPS Incident Reporting System, and while care is taken when processing and analysing returns, the detail is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system.

We are taking urgent action to make prisons safer, and assaults on our hardworking staff will never be tolerated. We are ensuring that prison officers have the tools they need to do their jobs by rolling out body worn cameras, 'police-style' handcuffs and restraints, and trialling PAVA incapacitant spray.

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