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STATISTICS

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Baton rounds fired by police and army

 
Year By Police By Army TOTAL
1970 N/A 238 238
1971 N/A 16,752 16,752
1972 N/A 23,363 23,363
1973 N/A 12,766 12,766
1974 N/A 2,828 2,828
1975 N/A 3,701 3,701
1976 N/A 3,464 3,464
1977 N/A 1,490 1,490
1978 N/A 1,743 1,743
1979 N/A 1,271 1,271
1980 N/A 1,231 1,231
1981 19,649 9,952 29,601
1982 335 154 489
1983 545 116 661
1984 1,503 265 1,768
1985 906 266 1,172
1986 1,462 325 1,787
1987 1,908 663 2,571
1988 2,292 817 3,109
1989 836 101 937
1990 211 46 257
1991 235 88 323
1992 39 49 88
1993 497 26 523
1994 214 36 250
1995 273 0 273
1996 6,949 1,387 8,336
1997 2,527 440 2,967
1998 1,236 63 1,299
1999 111 1 112
2000 22 4 26
2001 (to 3 Nov) 89 7 96
TOTAL 41,839 83,653 125,492

 
• The police were first issued with baton guns in October 1978.
• The first baton rounds fired by police were on 15 October 1978.
• Records were not kept until March 1981.
• There have been 16 deaths allegedly caused by baton rounds - 6 of these attributed to the police and the other 10 attributed to the army.
• Eight of these deaths were children - 2 of these were attributed to the police and the other 6 attributed to the army.

Source: Central Statistics Unit, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Lisnasharragh

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