13% increase in assaults on police officers over 2 years

The BBC reports the answer to a written question asked by DUP MLA Lord Morrow [scroll down] of the new Northern Ireland Justice Minister, who had to pass it on to the Chief Constable.

A total of 2912 officers were assaulted in 2007/08, rising to 2940 in 2008/09 and increasing [again] to 3289 for 2009/10.

Most of the attacks on police officers resulted in minor injuries.

And in relation to a recent post

A breakdown of the areas of assaults for 2009/10 showed north Belfast topped the table with 373, followed by south Belfast with 311, then Foyle with 283.

Ballymoney had the lowest number of recorded assaults with 27, then Moyle with 28 and Castlereagh with 30.

Adds There is no indication given of the circumstances of the assaults recorded, but there is a significant increase in 2009 of the number of stop and searches under the Terrorism Act.