UK Po­lice shoot­ings sta­tis­tics at all time low

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

Armed po­lice in Eng­land and Wales only fired their weapons twice over the course of 14,864 oper­a­tions that took place from 2013-2014.

This means that firearms were only used in 0.013 per cent of armed po­lice oper­a­tions dur­ing this pe­riod. In 2014, only one per­son was killed by po­lice in Eng­land and Wales.

The sta­tis­tics, just re­leased by the Home Of­fice, cover the fi­nan­cial year from April 2013 to March 2014, and show the huge con­trast be­tween polic­ing in the UK when com­pared to Amer­ica.

503 peo­ple in the USA have been killed by po­lice us­ing firearms in the first six months of this year - and in the first 24 days of 2015, Amer­i­can po­lice killed more peo­ple than po­lice in Eng­land and Wales have killed in 24 years.

The only per­son to be killed by armed po­lice dur­ing the last four years was Dean Joseph who was shot in the chest and arm in Is­ling­ton, North Lon­don, in the early hours of 5 Septem­ber, 2014.

Armed po­lice and ne­go­tia­tors were called to the in­ci­dent af­ter there were re­ports of a woman be­ing threat­ened with a knife. Mr Joseph was taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter he was shot, but died on the way.

He was the first per­son to be shot dead by po­lice since An­thony Grainger was killed in Cheshire on 3 March, 2012 by an armed of­fi­cer from Greater Manch­ester Po­lice.

The num­ber of po­lice shoot­ings in Eng­land and Wales has fallen con­sis­tently over the last few years - although the fig­ures have never been high con­sid­er­ing the pop­u­la­tion size.

Dur­ing the fi­nan­cial year 2007-2008, po­lice fired weapons seven times. That fell to six the next year, and only three the year af­ter that.

De­spite the very low use of firearms, there are 5,875 spe­cially-trained firearms of­fi­cers in Eng­land and Wales, although their num­bers are fall­ing - there were 1,031 more in 2009.

The vast ma­jor­ity of state and fed­eral po­lice in the USA carry firearms, a stark dif­fer­ence to the arm­ing of po­lice in the UK. How­ever, they face more vi­o­lence than their Bri­tish coun­ter­parts - in 2013, 30 of­fi­cers were fa­tally shot while on duty in Amer­ica.

Nat­u­rally, pop­u­la­tion dif­fer­ences mean that the raw num­ber of peo­ple killed by the po­lice will be higher in the USA, as the pop­u­la­tion there is al­most five times the size of the UK’s.

How­ever, when pop­u­la­tion dif­fer­ences are taken into ac­count, peo­ple in the USA are around 100 times more likely to be shot by the po­lice than are Bri­tish peo­ple.

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UK armed po­lice of­fi­cer.

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