THE 42 people killed in road incidents involving police last year was the highest in a decade.
The toll was a rise of 13 on 2017-18 in England and Wales, figures from the Independent Office for Police Conduct showed.
The 42 people killed in road incidents involving police last year was the highest in a decade (stock image)[/caption]
The previous highest in the past ten years was 40 in 2008-09, although the record is 48 in 2005-06.
Twenty-seven of the 42 were men and 15 were women, with 22 aged 18 to 30, and eight over 60. Thirty were in police pursuit-related incidents, up from 29 on the previous year and the highest since 32 in 2005-06.
IOPC director-general Michael Lockwood said the rise in pursuit-related deaths pointed to “a continued need for scrutiny”.
He added: “Police drivers need to be able to pursue suspects and respond to emergency calls, but it’s not without risk.”
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The figures also showed 16 people died in or following police custody last year, down from 23 in 2017-18.
There were three fatal cop shootings compared with four the previous year.
And there were 63 apparent suicides following custody, a rise of six.
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