Police Service - Statistics

Statistics on police strength are published by the Home Office. The latest bulletin is available online.

For the latest top level statistics on all work related ill health, workplace fatalities and injuries and enforcement in Great Britain see HSE's statistics website.

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)

RIDDOR requires employers to report certain serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences (near misses).

The top three kinds of RIDDOR reported injuries to police officers in 2012/13 resulted from physical assault, slips/trips and handling accidents

The rate of physical assault to police officers is almost 12 times the "all occupations" rate. 

Labour Force Survey – Self reported injury and ill-health

The high rates of injury seen in RIDDOR reported cases are reflected in the self-reported injury rates in the Labour Force Survey, where police officers' injury rates are up to 4 times the "all occupations" rate.

The self-reported ill-health rate for stress, depression and anxiety for police officers is also higher than the "all occupations" rate.

Overview of Police RIDDOR reports 2012-2013
Type Fatal Major Over 7 Day  Total
Assault 2 157 234 393
Slips/Trips - 133 345 478
Handling - 32 126 158
Falls - 29 34 63
Animals - 6 - 6
Vehicles - 8 - 8
Harmful Substances - 9 - 9

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Updated 2021-05-10