Accidental Discharges

MQT on 2017-10-12
Session date: 
October 12, 2017
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many accidental discharges of firearms have taken place in the Metropolitan Police over the last three years?


Answer for Accidental Discharges

Answer for Accidental Discharges

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS has around 2500 authorised firearms officers. The numbers of unintentional discharges (UDs) of firearms by those officers are shown below.  Most UDs occur when firearms are being loaded or unloaded whilst being booked in or out of MPS armouries at the beginning and end of a shift when officers use specially designed loading bays to minimise the risk. 

The figures illustrate the total number of UDs and those which have been in a public place whilst the officer was deployed operationally.

2014 - 6 UDs.  2 of which were in a public place.

2015 - 9 UDs. 2 of which were in a public place.

2016 - 8 UDs. 2 of which were in a public place.