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Norfolk police have written off 34 cars in the last five years

06:30 20 February 2015

The police car which crashed at the bottom of Grapes Hill.

The police car which crashed at the bottom of Grapes Hill.

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Norfolk Police has seen more than 30 of the force’s cars written off in the last five years - including one in a head-on collision with a bus.

Figures revealed after a request by the EDP under the Freedom of Information Act show that 34 Norfolk Constabulary vehicles have been written off since January 2010.

The majority of incidents saw police vehicles in collision with other cars, making up 23 of the write-offs.

In other incidents, the vehicles are described as being in collision with water, an animal, a verge, bollards, a tree or hedge, or, stationary objects.

One incident, at around 6.40am on March 11, 2013, took place on Reepham Road in Themelthorpe, when a marked police vehicle was in a head-on collision with a bus.

A spokesman for Norfolk Police said the road was covered with ice and snow at the time, with driving conditions poor when the “low-speed” collision took place.

No one on the bus was injured and the officer in the police vehicle sustained minor injuries.

The figures follow revelations in the EDP in January that Norfolk Police vehicles have been in more than 600 accidents since 2010.

Six of those incidents involved more than one police vehicles colliding with each other.

A Norfolk Constabulary spokesperson said: “All officers are assessed prior to completing a basic driving course and may go on to complete response and advanced driver training if required for their role, and this is subject to regular, refresher training.

“If an officer is involved in a collision, the circumstances will always be fully investigated in line with established policies and procedures.

“There may be some circumstances where further or refresher training is recommended, with a mandatory referral to our Professional Standards Department should there be any indication of misconduct.”

Have you been involved in a collision with a police vehicle? Email reporter Andrew Fitchett on andrew.fitchett@archant.co.uk

4 comments

  • What is the national average for like mishaps? Direct fiscal impact to Norfolk taxpayers? Has organization motor insurance rates, legal, or linked costs increased thus straining other aspects of force’s annual budget? Without like comparison there is no way to objectively judge if Norfolk police accident rate for this period is disproportionately high, more or less par, or perhaps even better than other UK police forces with comparable emergency vehicle fleets, operational mileage, and response area geography. What percent of Norfolk Constabulary misfortune involved officers who did not have “response and advanced driver training”? “Response and advanced driver training” with its “regular, refresher training” should be mandatory for all police officers after their probationary period ... regardless of role. Currently sounds like some not all receive such training ... perhaps preventative training for all officers now would prudently cost less overall than paying out for unsustainable accidents rates. Regardless, every year a tangible safety objective for Norfolk police must be to reduce all accidents within the force.

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    J. Harry

    Sunday, February 22, 2015

  • Ok, my personal experience, I was hit by a police car in Norwich who was on an emergency call (strobes and sirens). It transpired the officers were after a Road Tax avoider, hardly an emergency I feel. At the ensuing court case I received full damages for my vehicle, I think you can get my drift, and yes I would like to see a few more policemen back on bikes if only to make use of our proud new cycleways. No bile, just abridged facts.

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    Moaning Lisa

    Friday, February 20, 2015

  • Hear, hear Ian . A very rare thing on here, a sensible comment. Makes a pleasant change from the usual bile

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    Aurania

    Friday, February 20, 2015

  • Given the fact that the police in many instances are driving fast either to get to the scene of a crime and protect the public or are chasing people who are a danger to the public then this is hardly surprising. Would you prefer to see the police back on bicycles, crime rates raising and a few cars not damaged? This is only part of a much wider picture and seems to be a fact taken in isolation in order to create news.

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    ian

    Friday, February 20, 2015

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