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Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of police officers have been injured in the line of duty in each police force area in each of the last 10 years. 
The numbers of assaults on police officers are available, and are published each year in the Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) Annual Report. The total numbers of assaults have
been given. The vast majority of these assaults are categorised as minor and no injury. The HMIC Annual Reports can be downloaded from the following link:
The available data are for 1999-2000 to 2004-05 only, and have been given in the following table. The percentage of police officers injured in the line of duty cannot be accurately determined from the available data.
|Assaults( 1) on police officers 1999-2000 to 2004-05( 2,3)|
|(1) Data collated on behalf of and published by HMIC. Serious assaults are those for which the charge would be under Sections 18 and 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. Other assaults include those with minor or no injury. Recording practices may vary over time and between forces. (2) Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive. (3 )HMIC did not publish a force breakdown of assaults prior to 1999-2000. HMIC have advised that assaults data will no longer be published in their Annual Report and that the data for 2004-05 is the last series of these data to be published. (4 )Greater Manchester was not able to provide data in 2003-04. (5) Lancashire was not able to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults in 2003-04 and 2004-05. (6) Metropolitan police was unable to provide data in 2000-01 and was unable to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults from 2001-02 to 2003-04. (7 )Northamptonshire was not able to separate serious and other assaults from 1999-2000 to 2002-03.|
(8) South Wales was not able to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults in 1999-2000. (9) West Midlands was not able to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults in 2003-04 and 2004-05.
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