- 20,578 were crimes of “assault without injury on a constable” recorded across all forces (including the British Transport Police), an increase of 13% compared with 18,138 in the previous year.
- 10,399 crimes of “assault with injury on a constable”1 recorded across all forces (including British Transport Police), an increase of 27% compared with 8,157 in the previous year
ASSAULTS on Hampshire Police officers has increased this year as 30,977 police officers in the country have been assaulted.
For 2018/19 the Home Office collected data from forces crime recording systems, on a mandatory basis for the second time, on both the “assault without injury on a constable” and the “assault with injury on a constable” crime classifications. For 2018/19, all 43 of the police forces in England and Wales provided these data, although some stated that the quality was variable and that the data may not be complete.
It is known that these data are likely to be an underestimate of the total number of assaults in some forces as many officers view assaults as part of the job and do not bother to raise a crime record. A further limitation of the data is that it is not always possible for forces to identify whether the police officer was on or off duty at the time of the assault. For these reasons, the figures in Annex A are not directly comparable at police force area level. In 2018/19 there were 10,399 offences of “assault with injury on a constable” recorded by the police.
Caution should be exercised when comparing this figure with the estimates reported for 2015/16 and 2016/17, which were less complete data from a smaller number of forces (15 and 20 forces respectively), and based on a relatively crude estimation method using forces’ health and safety systems.