Officer Deaths (12607_17)

Request

I wish to request access to the following records/details under the Freedom of Information Act:

The total number of police officers that died in the West Midlands, broken down by the following police services, circumstances, and dates:

Police services: 1. Police Officers 2. PCSO 3. Police reserves or auxiliary

Circumstances: 1. A direct result of the/a security situation (killed by terrorists). 2. Died in service (i.e training accidents, road traffic accidents, natural causes or 3. suicides on or off duty).

Dates: The figures to be given yearly, for each year dating from 2002 up to 2016, and the numbers to be given for the first eight months of 2017 up to the end of October.

Response

Please find enclosed our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution.

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.

 

YEAR Police Officers PCSOs Special Constable Grand Total
2002 4     4
2003 1     1
2004 8   2 10
2005 7     7
2006 8   1 9
2007 5     5
2008 1     1
2009 3 1   4
2010 9     9
2011 2     2
2012 2   1 3
2013 3   1 4
2014 3     3
2015 4     4
2016 1 2   3
2017 2     2
Grand Total 63 3 5 71

Our system only records deaths under the category “leaver- deceased” 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 this part of your request.

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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