Assaults on Officers - 544/15
Dated: 10 Jul 2015
Date of request: 03/06/15
Date of response: 10/07/15
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 3 June 2015 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.
1. Figures showing the number of police and police community support officers in your force, broken down serperately, assaulted by the public whilst on duty for the last financial year.
2. Figures showing the number of police and police community support officers in your force, broken down seperately, assaulted by the public whilst on duty for the financial years of 2013/14, 2012/13, 2011/12
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 the HR Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
1. In the financial year 2014/15 five PCSOs were assaulted and 226 Police Officers were assaulted whilst on duty.
2. In the financial year 2013/14 10 PCSOs were assaulted and 308 Police Officers were assaulted whilst on duty.
In the financial year 2012/13 nine PCSOs were assaulted and 221 Police Officers were assaultedwhilst on duty.
In the financial year 2011/12 two PCSOs were assaulted and 143 Police Officers were assaulted whilst on duty.
An assault is any intentional or reckless act which causes a person to apprehend immediate unlawful force or personal violence. This includes battery which is any intentional or reckless infliction of unlawful force or personal violence.
Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
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