These statistics provide details of the deaths reported on by the IPCC in each financial year, and also present figures on those suicides following release from police custody which were reported to the IPCC. Data can be updated annually, so please use the trend figures from the latest report.
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Deaths during or following police contact: Statistics for England and Wales 2011/12
ODS format - Deaths during or following police contact: Data tables for 2011/12 deaths following police contact figures Table A1.4 of the report and the associated Excel table was amended in July 2012 following the identification of an anomaly in the force data. Since publication of the report we have been made aware of an additional fatal road traffic incident (RTI) which increases the total number of road traffic fatalities in 2011/12 from 18 to 19 deaths. This revised total will be included in the trend figures of the 2012/13 report due to be published in summer 2013.
Following a recommendation from the National Statistician’s review, the IPCC has produced a guidance document that provides additional detailed information on how they collate and categorise deaths for inclusion in the annual report.
Deaths during or following police contact: Statistics for England and Wales 2010/11
ODS format - Deaths during or following police contact: Data tables for 2010/11 deaths following police contact figures
Deaths during or following police contact: Statistics for England and Wales 2009/10
ODS format - Deaths during or following police contact: Data tables for 2009/10 deaths following police contact figures
The IPCC has conducted an eleven-year study into deaths in or following police custody. The study looks at trends in the incidents, and examines a range of themes including risk assessment, restraint and mental health. The report identifies lessons that can be learnt and makes recommendations for police forces and the health service to improve practice in this area.
Deaths during or following police contact: Statistics for England and Wales 2008/09
Deaths during or following police contact: Excel data tables for 2008/09 deaths following police contact figures
In February 2012, the Chief Executive of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) requested that the National Statistician conduct an independent statistical review of the IPCC’s official statistics on deaths during or following police contact after some criticism of the figures in the media.
Following her two-month review, the National Statistician, Jil Matheson concluded that the figures are produced using a rigorous and consistent process and that the criticisms made in the media were unsupported.
Her full report can be downloaded here.
Near miss project - In 2007 the IPCC published the findings of its study of near misses in police custody: a collaborative study with Forensic Medical Examiners in London.
29 March 2004The Role of Alcohol in Police-Related DeathsThe PCA's study on The Role of Alcohol in Police-Related Deaths reviews 32 cases where alcoholic drinks played a part.
June 2003Safer RestraintConference report on reducing the risks of restraint deaths.
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