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Injury Following Police Contact (1A/22)


I would like to be provided with the following information per calendar year from 2017, up to and including 2020 regarding serious injuries during or following police contact. I define serious injuries as ‘a fracture, a deep cut, a deep laceration or an injury causing damage to an internal organ or the impairment of any bodily function.’ If possible, please also provide information for the calendar year 2021.

1) How many allegations of serious injuries during or following police contact were made?

2) How many of these allegations resulted in a case to answer?

3) Of these, how many resulted in the police officer(s) being found guilty?

4) Of those cases which resulted in a guilty verdict, how many resulted in compensation and how much compensation was paid in each case?

For each case, where possible and if it does not push my request over the limit, please share the police contact that resulted in the serious injury and the serious injury.

For each case, please share the gender and race of the victim and perpetrator where known.


In relation to questions 1 – 3, please find attached our response.

In relation to question 4, zero cases have resulted in compensation.

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.