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Concern over assault figures

The Force recorded 28 assaults on police officers during the latest quarter.

But the figures, which cover the period from January to April this year, may not be a true record of the actual number of assaults according to Leicestershire Police Federation chairman Tiff Lynch.

"We do not believe that all officers are completing the Force's HS3 forms when they are being assaulted and this is how these incidents are recorded," says Tiff.

"One of the issues we have is that the form is too lengthy and complicated and there is no process to ensure that the Federation is informed of officer assaults.

"It is essential that all officers who are assaulted fill out this form. Only by ensuring we have accurate figures can we begin to truly tackle this problem. Assaults on police officers and staff are completely unacceptable and we must ensure that those guilty of these horrific attacks feel the full weight of the law.

"We are now working with the Force's head of health and safety, Peter Coogan, who is re-vamping the form to address these concerns. It is hoped the new form will be ready in the next couple of months."

Leicestershire Police Federation is supporting the national Federation's Protect The Protectors campaign which is calling for tougher sentencing for those who attack the police and other emergency service workers as well as better protective equipment for officers.