Number of stabbing incidents

Paul Rogan made this Freedom of Information request to Merseyside Police

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Dear Merseyside Police,

Could you please tell me how many Police Officers, whilst on duty, were the victim of a stabbing incident in 2011, whether or not injury was inflicted.

By Police Officer, I mean holder of the Office of Constable of any rank i.e. Special Constable, Police Constable, Police Sergeant etc.

By Stabbing Incident, I mean where any person attempted to
slash/stab an officer with a knife or similar article i.e.
scissors, needle etc.

Yours faithfully,
Paul Rogan

Merseyside Police

Dear Applicant,
Your Ref:

Our Ref: DJ 005/12

Dear Mr. Rogan,

I write in connection with your request for information, received by
Merseyside Police on 06/01/2012, concerning:

(summary of request) Stabbing incidents.

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Dear Mr. Rogan,

Response Letter - FOI Application DJ 005/12 (please quote in all

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by Merseyside Police on. I note that you seek access to the following

(paraphrased) Police Officers subject of stabbing incidents.

Following receipt for your request searches were conducted within the
Merseyside Police to locate information relevant to your request. I can
confirm that the information that your requested is held by Merseyside

To locate the information relevant to your request, searches were conducted
in the Information Bureau records and H.R. Health & Safety Unit records.
The searches located records relevant to your request which are on the
attached schedule.

I have today been authorised by the Head of Information Bureau, Mr. K.
Davis, to disclose the located information to you, as attached. Please find
attached a schedule consisting of one pages.

Complaint Rights

Your attention is drawn to the information following this response, which
details your rights review and of complaint.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please write
or e-mail me, on the below address, quoting the reference number above.
You will not that the response table makes reference to an earlier
response. The response is not on the current disclosure log. Should the
earlier information be of assistant to you, please return an e-mail seeking
disclosure of the response table.

Yours faithfully

D Jackson
Disclosure Analyst
Merseyside Police
Information Bureau
Information Access Unit
Fax: 0151 777 7099
E-mail: [Merseyside Police request email]

Schedule(s) of disclosed information:

(See attached file: Response Table DJ 005-12 (DJAN-8Q9J8R).doc)

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