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Firearms Discharge (1492_16)


Please provide me with the number of armed officers who have

discharged their firearm by mistake. Please provide me with the

number broken down by the following years:


2010 – 2011

2011 – 2012

2012 – 2013

2013 – 2014

2014 – 2015

2015 – 2016


Please provide the circumstances for each accidental fire,

including details of what was shot and any injuries caused (who was

injured and what the injury was).


Please can you provide me with the number of incidents which have

required a firearms officer to discharge their firearm according to

the time frame above.


Please find attached our response.


Please note that subsequent to gathering the data for this request, the following incident occurred:



Please also note the following definitions used by the service nationally.


A ‘Negligent Discharge’ may be defined as the negligent discharge of a weapon

caused by an act, which could and should have been foreseen and prevented. This act

would be accompanied by a degree of negligence or recklessness.