Deaths in police custody

Deaths in Police Custody Below is a breakdown of deaths in police custody (or following other forms of contact with the police, including pursuits and road traffic incidents) since 1990, by calendar year and type.

 

Deaths in police custody or otherwise following contact with the police, England & Wales 1990-date
Year Type Metropolitan Police Other Forces Total
2014 Custody 3 8 11
  Pursuit 0 2 2
  RTI 0 2 2
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 3 12 15
         
2013 Custody 1 16 17
  Pursuit 6 7 13
  RTI 0 1 1
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 7 24 31
         
2012 Custody 1 8 9
  Pursuit 3 5 8
  RTI 0 6 6
  Shooting 0 1 1
  Total 4 19 24
         
2011 Custody 3 20 23
  Pursuit 1 6 7
  RTI 0 1 1
  Shooting 1 1 2
  Total 5 28 33
         
2010 Custody 3 12 15
  Pursuit 0 6 6
  RTI 0 5 5
  Shooting 0 1 1
  Total 3 24 27
         
2009 Custody 4 11 15
  Pursuit 1 7 8
  RTI 3 2 5
  Shooting 0 2 2
  Total 8 22 30
         
2008 Custody 9 15 24
  Pursuit 5 23 28
  RTI 1 8 9
  Shooting 2 1 3
  Total 17 47 64
         
2007 Custody 6 23 29
  Pursuit 3 11 14
  RTI 2 4 6
  Shooting 3 2 5
  Total 14 40 54
         
2006 Custody 4 29 33
  Pursuit 3 20 23
  RTI 0 9 9
  Shooting 1 0 1
  Total 8 58 66
         
2005 Custody 9 33 42
  Pursuit 3 33 36
  RTI 2 7 9
  Shooting 2 4 6
  Total 16 77 93
         
2004 Custody 5 51 56
  Pursuit 3 27 30
  RTI 2 7 9
  Shooting 1 1 2
  Total 11 86 97
         
2003 Custody 12 50 62
  Pursuit 1 28 29
  RTI 0 11 11
  Shooting 1 1 2
  Total 14 90 104
         
2002 Custody 11 36 47
  Pursuit 3 31 34
  RTI 1 4 5
  Shooting 0 2 2
  Total 15 73 88
         
2001 Custody 9 25 34
  Pursuit 1 25 26
  RTI 1 8 9
  Shooting 2 2 4
  Total 13 60 73
         
2000 Custody 5 31 36
  Pursuit 2 22 24
  RTI 0 3 3
  Shooting 1 1 2
  Total 8 57 65
         
1999 Custody 15 32 47
  Pursuit 1 7 8
  RTI 0 5 5
  Shooting 1 2 3
  Total 17 46 63
         
1998 Custody 13 52 65
  Pursuit 3 7 10
  RTI 1 5 6
  Shooting 0 2 2
  Total 17 66 83
         
1997 Custody 15 43 58
  Pursuit 1 16 17
  RTI 3 5 8
  Shooting 0 0 0
  Total 19 64 83
         
1996 Custody 21 36 57
  Pursuit 0 9 9
  RTI 1 4 5
  Shooting 1 1 2
  Total 23 50 73
         
1995 Custody 12 36 48
  Pursuit 1 1 2
  RTI 0 1 1
  Shooting 1 1 2
  Total 14 39 53
         
1994 Custody 16 36 52
  Pursuit 0 1 1
  RTI 0 0 0
  Shooting 0 1 1
  Total 16 38 54
         
1993 Custody 17 19 36
  Pursuit 0 2 2
  RTI 0 0 0
  Shooting 2 1 3
  Total 19 22 41
         
1992 Custody 15 33 48
  Pursuit 0 0 0
  RTI 1 1 2
  Shooting 1 2 3
  Total 17 36 53
         
1991 Custody 24 36 60
  Pursuit 0 1 1
  RTI 0 1 1
  Shooting 0 3 3
  Total 24 41 65
         
1990 Custody 19 40 59
  Pursuit 0 0 0
  RTI 1 0 1
  Shooting 1 1 2
  Total 21 41 62
         
Total deaths in police custody or otherwise following contact with the police, England & Wales 1990-date
  Type Metropolitan Police Other forces Total
  Custody 252 731 983
  Pursuit 41 297 338
  RTI 19 100 119
  Shooting 21 33 54
  All deaths 333 1161 1494

Source: INQUEST casework and monitoring

INQUEST's figures are derived from our monitoring and casework and are independent of those produced by the Home Office, Independent Police Complaints Commission and other government agencies. INQUEST defines police custody deaths as deaths that take place while the individual is in contact with police, whether or not they have been arrested, or that happen shortly after that contact. The death may not necessarily have occurred inside a police station. We do not include self-inflicted deaths following contact with police or deaths as a result of domestic violence where the police have been involved.

Also in this section:

Statistics of black and minority ethnic deaths in police custody

Statistics of police shootings

See also:

Police deaths
 


Page last updated: 19 Aug 2014

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