South Yorkshire police chief praises record of his armed officers

Police appeal over crash in North Yorkshire
Police appeal over crash in North Yorkshire

Firearms officers in South Yorkshire have shot at members of the public just once in the last 20 years.

South Yorkshire Police armed officers respond to about 500 incidents a year, including shootings and reports of people with guns.

Following the shooting of 29-year-old Mark Duggan, in London in 2011, police armed response tactics came in for some criticism.

His inquest returned a conclusion of lawful death – despite furious relatives accusing the Metropolitan Police of ‘executing’ him.

Chief Constable David Crompton, of South Yorkshire Police, said his firearms officers are among the best in the world.

He said: “Our record here in South Yorkshire is outstanding.

“ On average, we carry out nearly 500 armed deployments per year. We have only ever fired one shot in anger, which was when a man was wounded in the hand when shot during a siege in Barnsley in 1992.

“This means we have had more than 10,000 armed deployments in excess of 20 years and have pulled the trigger just once.

“No other police service in the world could even come close to these results.”