Written statement to Parliament

Police firearms statistics use in England and Wales 2009 to 2010

Written ministerial statement on police fireams use to House of Commons 9 June 2011 by Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Rt Hon Nick Herbert

This written ministerial statement was laid in the House of Commons on 9 June 2011 by the Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice (Nick Herbert), and in the House of Lords by Baroness Browning.

The latest figures from 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010 show that:

  • The number of police operations in which firearms were authorised was 18,556 - a decrease of 1,395 (7%) on the previous year
  • The number of Authorised Firearms Officers (AFO’s) was 6,979 - an increase of 111 (1.6%) officers overall on the previous year
  • The number of operations involving armed response vehicles was 14,089 - a decrease of 2,475 (15%) on the previous year
  • The Police discharged a conventional firearm in 6 incidents (up from 5 incidents in 2008-09)

Full details are set out in the tables to download below.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Date: Thu Jun 09 12:42:03 BST 2011

Tables: statistics on police use of firearms in England and Wales 2009-10

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Published 9 June 2011