Disclosure Details

Assaults on officers - 441/13

Dated: 24 Jun 2013

Date of request:     04/06/2013

Date of response:   17/06/2013

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 4 June 2013 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

  1. a. I would like to request the number of assaults on police officers in Sunderland, in the last financial year, please.

    b.I would like this information broken down into the sex of the police officer,

    c. what type of injury was sustained,

    d. what type of treatment was received - for example whether they had to be treated in hospital.

    I would also like this information for the previous year so as to compare the figures.

  2. a. I would also like to request the number of officers who have reported having been racially assaulted in Sunderland either by the public or by a colleague in the last financial year.

    b. I would like to request their race.

I would also like the same figures for the past two financial years.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with both the HR and Professional Standards Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. The Data provided below has been extracted by Health and Safety Advisors from the Accident record database


    2011/12 2012/13
    1a) Number of assaults on Police Officers in Sunderland 36 Police Officers 37 Police Officers
    1b) Sex of Police Officer 24 male and 12 female 30 male and 7 female
    1c) Type of injury

    Discomfort  10
    Swelling  4
    Whiplash  2
    Cuts/abrasions  1
    Bruising  10
    Sprains/strains  5;

    Cuts/lacerations  3
    Bites  1

    Discomfort  5
    Swelling  7
    Bruising  7
    Sprains/strains  12
    Bites  2
    Broken bone  1

    Cuts/lacerations  2
    Skin irritation  1

    1d) Treatment received Hospital treatment 6
    First aid 4
    Hospital treatment  4
    First aid  5

  2. Information on racially motivated assaults is not recorded specifically relating to Police officers, however I can confirm  that none of the above assaults  were recorded as racially motivated. With regards to officers racially assaulted by colleagues, I can confirm there have been no such incidents reported.
The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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