Written statement to Parliament

Police use of firearms: statistics

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

This written ministerial statement was laid in the House of Commons by Damian Green and in the House of Lords by Lord Taylor of Holbeach.

The Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice (Damian Green):

I am today publishing statistics on police use of firearms in England and Wales for the period 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013. These show that:

  • The number of police operations in which firearms were authorised was 10,996 – a decrease of 1,554 (14.1 %) on the previous year
  • The number of Authorised Firearms Officers (AFO’s) was 6,091 – a decrease of 665 (10.9%) officers overall on the previous year
  • The number of operations involving armed response vehicles was 13,116 – a decrease of 1,145 (8.7%) on the previous year
  • The Police discharged a conventional firearm in 3 incidents (down from 5 incidents in 2011-12)

Full details are set out in the following tables