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Friday, 1 February 2008

Police - truthful and honest?

Looking at the following table of members of the public killed or injured by speeding police cars
(a) Number of accidents/casualties—police force

Accidents Fatalities Seriously injured casualties

2002

2,184

34

333

2003

2,025

27

245

2004

2,026

31

293

2005

1,817

26

222

2006

1,827

30

244

(given in a Parliamentary answer), I was struck by the ratio between those of us killed by the police and those merely seriously injured - it looks like about 1:9.

Then I looked at the following table, given in answers on the same day in response to a question about assaults on the police:
Assaults( 1) on police officers 2000-01 to 2004-05( 2,3)
England and Wales Fatal injury Serious and other injury

2000-01(4,8)

1

12,255

2001-02(8)

1

13,096

2002-03(4,8)

4

14,360

2003-04(5,7)

0

11,654

2004-05(6)

0

13,087


Hmmm - a ratio of about 1:10,000.

It couldn't be that our fine, upstanding, honest plods are lying about the extent of their injuries, could it?

4 comments:

Ed said...

I'm not quite sure what conclusion you are reaching.

Clearly people hit by a speeding car are much more likely to be killed than armoured police officers are being punched and kicked by thugs. Then again, it looks like police officers are quite a bit more likely to be punched and kicked than the general population is to be knocked down by a speeding police car.

Anonymous said...

Millions persuade themselves that they are ill/injured/disabled in order to get a miserable benefit, ask any experienced doctor working for the benefits agency. So how much more so would a policeman jump at the chance of a good pension. Indeed, the number of police (and teachers/local government workers) retiring early with aquired illness/injury is a national scandal.

John East said...

Imagine being a young recruit to the force, sorry - the service, full of enthusiasm to serve the community, tackle crime etc., etc. I wonder how long it takes for the cynicism and dissillusionment to sink in? Two or three years? And then to realise that you hace another thirty or so years before your pension. Any means to wangle time off, compensation, or early retirement must be irresistible.

hatfield girl said...

Set up benefit and pension rewarded rat runs and people will turn themselves into anything to run through them.