Statistics taken from the ‘Police Roll of Honour Trust’ – a website which catalogues all serving police officer deaths since 2008 – shows that the... More British Police Officers Die At Their Desks From Bad Health Than From Violent Crime On The Streets

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Statistics taken from the ‘Police Roll of Honour Trust’ – a website which catalogues all serving police officer deaths since 2008 – shows that the police are actually at greater risk from dying at their desks from poor health than they are from encountering violent crime on the streets.

 

Of the 56 serving British police officers that have died in the past 7 years, only 3 of them have been killed in the line of duty as a direct result of violent crime.

 

Those were:-

Andrew Duncan in 2013 who was run over by a suspect’s vehicle which refused to stop, and Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone who were shot in 2012 by Dale Cregan.

 

Since 2008 when the website began, 6 officers have died at their desks as a result of heart attacks or brain haemorrhages, with 5 more officers dying from the same symptoms after jogging, cycling, running or driving.

 

Without doubt though, the biggest killer of police officers in the UK isn’t gun, knives or violence, it is in fact…

 

Driving to and from work.

 

With 27 out of the 56 killed as a result of off duty car or motorbike crashes. None of which involved chasing suspects.

 

In fact, it would appear safer for a police officer to be driving ‘on duty’ than ‘off duty’ when you consider that only 9 out of those 56 officers died as a result of on duty car crashes.

 

Also, it seems that the police are at greater risk from their own negligence than the homicidal intent of violent criminals, as some of the deaths on the list show:-

 

  • Shot while off duty confronting armed male
  • Collapsed while pursuing two robbery suspects and later died
  • Asbestos poisoning from police training facilities
  • Drowned during diving with the Met Police Sub Aqua Club
  • Swept away with collapsing bridge while on duty
  • Thrown from police car while pursuing suspects
  • Accidentally shot by colleague during firearm training

 

In the early days of this site we exposed the myth of police danger when we highlighted the almost non-existent rate of police stabbings that occurred over the entire force in one year. Yet still the hackneyed meme persists that the police do a dangerous job, when the statistics prove otherwise.

 

But when taken into consideration that since 2008 there have been over 220 deaths of UK citizens as a result of direct police contact or being held in custody, then it is fundamentally apparent that we the public are at far greater risk of ‘death by police’ then the police are from ‘death by public.’

 

Compiled below is the full list of police deaths from the years 2014 – 2008.

2014

Sharon Garrett – car crash driving home

Mark Murtagh (Scotland) – crash driving into work

Michael Chapman – Heart attack cycling into work

 

2013

D.C Adrian Grew – car crash driving home

Tony Collins, Kirsty Nelis, David Traill  – (Scotland) Helicopter crash

Andrew Duncan – Run over by suspect who refused to stop

Shazahan Wadud – motorbike crash driving into work

Ian Harman – heart attack on desk duty

Steve Rawson – car crash on duty

Bruce Stevenson – heart attack on desk duty

Andrew Bramma – car crash on duty

 

2012

Anthony ‘Tony’ Sweeney – heart attack while sent home

Adele Yvette Cashman – Collapsed while pursuing two robbery suspects and later died

Special Scott Bennett –  crash driving into work

Nicola Hughes – shot

Fiona Bone – shot

Ian Dibell – shot while off-duty challenging armed male near his home

Insp Preston Gurr – bike crash travelling home

Karen Paterson – car crash travelling into work

Andrew James Stokes – Heart attack on desk duty

 

 

2011

Neil Jeffrys – (Scotland) crash on duty

Mark Goodlad – crash on hard shoulder on duty

Ramin Tolouie – bike crash going home

Stephen George Cully – (Scotland) Heart attack at desk

Keith Malcolm Dobson – Asbestos poisoning from police training facilities

Anthony Wright – bike crash on duty

Perviz Ahmed – Bike crash going home

Scott Eastwood-Smith – bike crash travelling to work

Ian Paul Swadling – bike crash going home

Ian David Jones – heart attack on desk duty

Terry Easterby – bike crash travelling to work

David Donald McPherson – brain haemorrhage travelling home

Neil McCover – crash while cycling during lunch

 

2010

Sean Peter McColgan – bike crash travelling home

Daniel Alastair Gibb – bike crash travelling to work

Daniel John Cooper – crash on duty

 

2009

William Arthuer Barker – swept away with collapsing bridge on duty

Iain Stuart McLay – bike crash travelling into work

D.S. John Mantle Gilbert – drowned during diving with the Met Police Sub Aqua Club

Michael James Johnson – Heart attack after jogging into work

Phillip Edward Pratt – accidentally struck by vehicle whilst on duty

Christopher James Dent – bike crash travelling home

Gary Andrew Toms – thrown from police car while pursuing suspects

Laura Ruth Williams – brain haemorrhage on desk duty

James Alexander Drew – Car crash travelling into work

George Adam Small – bike crash travelling home

Diane Christine Donald – car crash travelling into work

 

2008

Dee Marie Weatherley –  car crash travelling into work

Ian James Morton – car crash travelling into work

Glen Howe – bike crash while on duty

Kevin Derek Sparks – car crash travelling into work

David Alan Heptinstall – Heart attack while driving into work

Ian James Terry – accidentally shot by colleague during firearm training

Noel Gerard McCarthy – Bike crash travelling into work

Robert George Walsham – car crash driving into work

Christopher Hart – car crash on duty

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