Five Lincolnshire Police officers assaulted every week during last six months | Calendar
Lincolnshire Police have reported that at least five officers a week are being attacked by members of the public.
According to police, 154 incidents have been recorded since October 2020 in which employees were beaten, kicked, spat at and coughed by people who claim to be infected with Covid-19.
Fifteen police officers and support workers in the county were attacked over a five-day period last week.
Two officers were attacked Saturday night while investigating a rule violation – A man was accused of assaulting an emergency worker.
DCC Jason Harwin, Lincolnshire Police Department
Figures from the National Police Chiefs Council showed that a third of police officers on duty were attacked last year.
A new police policy that investigates attacks means that officials are now treated as victims of crime rather than police officers.
Lincolnshire Deputy Police Chief Jason Harwin said: “It is unacceptable to attack rescue workers.
The number of attacks on our officials and staff over the weekend continues to show the risk of assuming the vital role of protecting the public from harm and enforcing the law.
Jason Harwin, Deputy Chief of Police, Lincolnshire Police Department
Deputy Police Commissioner Harwin told ITV News that officers are now apparently “under attack” by members of the public and that a continuation of the attack rate will affect the number of armed forces.
Lincolnshire Police Federation’s Inspector Barry Steele said: “Combating the increasing attacks on our officers is something the Federation has advocated both locally and nationally. It is simply unacceptable for rescue workers to attack with the frequency with which it proceeds. “
“Increasing the sentence for such assaults from six months in prison to one year is part of the Law on Police, Crime and Courts, which is currently being passed by Parliament, and which the Police Federation has fought long and hard for.”