123 Gloucestershire Police officers were assaulted on duty last year.
Nationally, there were 36,969 assaults on police officers in England & Wales last year. That’s a 20%+ national rise.
It works out as 720 assaults a week, 101 assaults on police officers every day and more than 4 assaults every hour.
Steve James, Chairman of Gloucestershire Police Federation, said: “New Government statistics show that more than 1 in 10 police officers in Gloucestershire were assaulted last year. That is against a national backdrop in which assaults on officers were up by a staggering 20% year on year.
“The Federation has repeatedly said that policing the pandemic would put officers at risk, not only from infection, but also from increasingly being put in positions of conflict with members of public whilst trying to enforce poorly thought through, and poorly communicated legislation. These figures show the stark reality of what officers have faced over the last 12 months.
“Whilst this will affect all officers, this is also a danger predominantly faced by those officers working in frontline uniformed roles. Those are often the youngest, least experienced and most poorly paid officers.
“Officers who face the same risks as their colleagues but who often don’t have access, due to a lack of training, to the full range of PPE such as Tasers.”
11,235 police officers were injured when the public assaulted them over the past year – that’s 30 injuries to police officers every single day of the year.
Steve added: “Somehow the Government think that a fair reward for the commitment and increasing danger is to give those young in service officers little more than a derisory £250 pay rise, and for their more experienced colleagues, a pay cut.
“Whilst the Federation’s #ProtectTheProtectors campaign has led to a new offence of Assaulting an Emergency Worker and the potential for longer sentences for those who do assault officers, in practice we have seen little impact as the sentencing guidelines mandated by Government still limit the courts use of these powers.
“Officers are putting themselves on the line day in, day out to keep people safe from harm, and they are not being adequately protected or fairly rewarded for doing so.”