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Death in Service (13755_17)


I would like to receive the following figures on police officer and staff deaths, with separate figures for police officers, PCSOs and police staff:

 In each of the last five calendar years (2012-2016), how many police officers/PCSOs/staff employed by your force died (whether or not in the course of their duties)?

Of those, how many were recorded as having died by suicide each year?

Figures broken down by cause of death in each of the last five calendar years.


Please find below our response.

Our system only records deaths under the category “leaver- deceased” and our HR system does not centrally record the circumstances of the death. We are only advised of the date of death, therefore we do not hold any recorded information in respect of how the death occurred (suicide or otherwise).


Employee Type
Year Police Officers PCSOs Police Staff Special Constable Grand Total
2012 2 7 1 10
2013 3 4 1 8
2014 3 7 10
2015 4 6 10
2016 1 2 4 7
Grand Total 13 2 28 2 45


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.