Disclosure Details

Offences against Ambulance staff - 878/13

Dated: 03 Dec 2013

Date of request:     13/11/2013

Date of response:   25/11/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 13 November 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. I am looking at the range of offences committed against ambulance staff as they respond to emergency calls. This is for the year 2012.

2. I would like to know what is required of the police when they accompany ambulance staff to residencies where their presence has been requested because it is unsafe for the ambulance personnel to attend on their own.

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 the Communications and Strategy and Performance 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. Please note the information provided was obtained by searching crimes between 01/01/12 and 31/12/12 where the victim occupation is recorded as  'paramedic' or 'ambulance driver' or 'ambulance personnel'. The relevant crime records were checked to ascertain if the victim was on duty at the time of the offence. With that in mind the response is as follows. 

Offence Description Total
Assault occasioning actual bodily harm (malicious wounding) 5
Common assault and battery 8
Fear or provocation of violence 1
Harassment, alarm or distress  1
inflicting grievous bodily harm, without intent. 1

2.  In general terms, the support provided by the police to the ambulance staff is covered by a joint agreement between ACPO, the CPS and NHS Protect. In order to assist I have provided the below link to the document on the internet


The most relevant of the key objectives, as relate to the limited circumstances within the question is to improve the protection of NHS staff

Where there is an apparent threat of violence to ambulance personnel, this is also consistent with the more general police response to calls from any source. For example, amongst the types of call that the police will respond as an emergency are:-
danger to life
use or immediate threat of violence
serious injury to a person/serious damage to property
a crime which is, or is likely to be, serious or in progress

Similarly, an example of where general calls to the police will be considered a 'priority' is 'concern for safety'

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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