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Number of attacks on police officers

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From: Will Inglis

Dear New Zealand Police,

I am after data showing the number of violent incidents in which police were injured in the past four years.

If possible, please provide a breakdown of this data by:
- year
- whether hospitalisation was required
- whether a firearm was involved (not carried by the police)
- whether another form of weapon was involved (e.g. a knife)

I realise you may not have all of this data readily available, so am happy to discuss other breakdowns that might be helpful.

Yours faithfully,

Will Inglis

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe Will

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request below, received by New Zealand Police on 21 July 2021.

Your request is being actioned pursuant to the OIA.
You can expect a response to your request on or before 18 August 2021.

Kind regards, Michelle
Ministerial Services PNHQ

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New Zealand Police

Dear Will,
Thank you for your Official Information Act (OIA) request regarding
Assaults on Police.
The statistics you are interested in are publicly available on
[1]policedata.nz
1. What is your phone number?
2. What is an good time for us to speak? I can show you how to use the
policedata.nz site
Kind regards,
Richard,
Data Team,
New Zealand Police

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Mark Hanna left an annotation ()

I see the "Proceedings (Police Stations)" dashboard on the Police website has a "Details" tab which allows filtering down to ANZSOC subgroups "Assaults on Police (No Injury)" and "Assaults on Police (Physical Injury)", and it lets you select a time period from 1 July 2014 up until (as I'm writing this annotation) 31 May 2021.

https://www.police.govt.nz/about-us/stat...

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Mark Hanna left an annotation ()

I haven't found any information about how serious the injury was, or whether any weapons were involved, though. Hopefully Police will be able to help you find that information if it's available in one of their dashboards.

I know some information about this is included in Police's TOR (Tactical Options Reporting) database, but each TOR entry is focussed on a police officer using one or more tactical options against a member of the public, so it's possible this database wouldn't include all incidents in which police officers were injured by somebody.

Here's a link to the most recent TOR data released by Police, which includes links to previous datasets: https://fyi.org.nz/request/15207-tactica...

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From: Will Inglis

Hi Richard,

Sorry for the delay getting back to you. I really appreciate the quick and helpful response.

I'm not comfortable putting my personal phone number on here as FYI is a public tool. I don't suppose there's an email address I could send it to using my personal email address instead? Would be great to have a chat about how best to use your publicly available data.

Yours faithfully,

Will Inglis

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