Disclosure Details

Assaults on Police Officers - 816/12

Dated: 05 Nov 2012

Date of request:   18/10/2012

Date of response:   31/10/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 18 October 2012 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. How many police officers have been assaulted whilst on duty this year, from January 2012 onwards.

  2. What was the nature of their injuries?

  3. How many officers needed hospital treatment? What kind of treatment did they receive?

  4. How many incidents involved weapons? What types of weapons were they?

  5. How many officers have been assaulted on duty altogether over the last three years, from January 2010.

  6. How many officers have received compensation for injuries sustained whilst on duty since January 2010? Who paid the compensation and how much did each officer receive?

  7. In cases where compensation was awarded, can you give details of the assault incidents, (when, where and how they occurred)?

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 Legal Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

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

  1. 167

  2. The below table lists the types of injury received: 

    1. Number of incidents

    Type of injury

    Number of incidents

    Type of injury








    Skin Irritation


    Broken bone












    Eye irritation









  3. 28 officers have received hospital treatment.  Information on the type of treatment provided is not held.

  4. During 2012 there have been 2 incidents where a weapon was involved, a Sharp Instrument and a Needle.  The remaining assaults were physical assaults.

  5. 467

  6. There have not been any civil claims in relation to officers being assaulted on duty and hence no compensation has been made.

  7. As above.

You should note that there could  be CICA (Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority) claims, which the individual officers themselves could claim for.  This would be down to the individual officers concerned and we would not hold that information.

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 crime data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

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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