More British Police Officers Die At Their Desks From Bad Health Than From Violent Crime On The Streets

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 an off duty car or motorbike crash. 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 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 I exposed the myth of police danger where I 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.

Since 2008 there have been over 220 deaths of UK citizens as a result of direct police contact or being held in custody. Comparing the figures, it’s clear 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.

Sharon Garrett – car crash driving home
Mark Murtagh (Scotland) – crash driving into work
Michael Chapman – Heart attack cycling into work
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
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
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
Sean Peter McColgan – bike crash travelling home
Daniel Alastair Gibb – bike crash travelling to work
Daniel John Cooper – crash on duty
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
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