Police: Early Retirement

Home Office written question – answered on 3rd September 2020.

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Photo of Sarah Jones Sarah Jones Shadow Minister (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have retired as a result of injury received on duty in each of the last three years.

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have been assaulted by a deadly weapon while on duty in each of the last three years.

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the number of police officers assaulted while on duty are BAME, in each of the last three years.

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have been subject to unarmed physical attacks while on duty in each of the last three years.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The Home Office does not hold the information requested.

The Home Office collects and publishes data on the number of police officers that have left the service through ‘medical retirement’ in the annual ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-workforce-england-and-wales

However, data on how many of those medical retirements that are due to injury are not available from the data held centrally.

The Home Office collects data on the number of assaults on police officers and these are published quarterly by the Office for National Statistics. The latest figures, for the year ending March 2020, can be accessed on the ONS website (available here):

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/crimeinenglandandwalesappendixtables

However, it not possible to identify the ethnicity of victims, nor is it possible to identify whether or not a weapon was used in the assault.

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