Assaulted PCSOs (4701_14)

Request

1. Could you provide the number of PCSO’s that have been assaulted whilst on duty in the following periods – Jan -Dec 2008, Jan-Dec 2009, Jan-Dec 2010, Jan-Dec 2011, Jan- Dec 2012 and Jan – Dec 2013.

2. Could you also tell me if your PCSO’s are issued the following equipment – Stab vests / Body armour, handcuffs, baton and spray.

RESPONSE

Response

1. The following table provides the Count of Assaults on Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) during the period 01 January 2008 to 31 December 2013:

PCSOs

Year

Assault Count

2008

27

2009

31

2010

24

2011

12

2012

1

2013

23

Total

118

2. West Midlands PCSOs are issued with body armour but they are not supplied with handcuffs, baton or CS spray.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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