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Assaults on police "unacceptable"

A total of 243 Leicestershire Police officers were assaulted on duty during 2016/2017 according to police recorded crime statistics.

In the same period, 212 "assaults without injury on a constable" were reported in Leicestershire in Force data submitted to the Home Office.

Based on assaults reported to the Force health and safety or HR teams by officers, 46 Leicestershire officers were injured after being assaulted on duty in the year, though it is widely believed many do not submit the relevant forms so many assaults go unreported.

Leicestershire is one of 20 forces to voluntarily supply separate data on the total number of assaults on its officers - including those involving injury - from its crime recording system.

"These figures are of great concern," said Tiff Lynch, chairman of Leicestershire Police Federation, "It is totally unacceptable for officers to be assaulted as they carry out their duties protecting their communities.

"Police officers understand their role puts them into contact with people in extreme situations but that does not mean that they should see being assaulted as part of the job.

"All too often police officers - and other emergency services staff - are the victims of sustained and deliberate attacks by members of the public."

The Federation is running a national Protect The Protectors campaign calling on the Government to introduce tougher sentences for those who attack the police and other emergency service workers.

Leicestershire Police Federation has welcomed the progress of a bill on the subject of officer assaults through Parliament.
  • You can see footage of an assault on a Leicestershire officer on the Leicestershire Police Federation Facebook page.