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Cleaning Police Vehicles (244A/23)


This is an information request relating the cost of cleaning police cars due to passenger incidents.

Please include the following information for the 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22 financial years:

  • How many incidents have been recorded of passengers (either those in custody, or being transported) soiling themselves or vomiting in police cars
  • How much has been spent on cleaning incidents. If an exact figure can’t be provided I would also be happy with an estimate


Please find our response below and note data is not held prior to the 2020/21 financial year.


Total Cost = £52,510.00

Total Call-Outs = 518


Total Cost = £50,549.00

Total Call-Outs = 514

NB This data is based on call-outs to vehicles that have been contaminated with either vomit, urine, spit or Covid. 

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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