Police assaults

Photos of assault injuries

Assaults on police officers are sadly commonplace. Our latest welfare survey data suggests there were more than two million unarmed physical assaults on officers over 12 months, and a further 302,842 assaults using a deadly weapon during the same period. These figures estimate that an assault on a police officer happens every four minutes.

To assault a police officer, prison officer, or other emergency service worker is to attack society itself and should never be accepted as ‘part of the job’. Together with our partners, the British Transport Police Federation and Prison Officers’ Association, and supporters, we are campaigning for:

  • a change in legislation
  • tougher sentences
  • better training and access to equipment
  • more accurate data on police assaults
  • improved welfare support
  • more consistent reporting of assaults on emergency services (as these are vastly under reported)
  • training and access to body-worn video, Taser and spit and bite guards

 

 

We are working with MPs to press for a change in legislation, leading to tougher sentences for those who assault police officers and other emergency service workers. A review of sentencing for those convicted of assaulting police officers is also being called for - all too often sentences being passed do not adequately reflect the seriousness of the offence.

Rhondda MP Chris Bryant's Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill went before Parliament on 20 October to create a new offence of assaulting an emergency worker. There was unanimous cross-party support and the Bill has subsequently passed through the Commons and received its third reading in the House of Lords on 24 July 2018.

Officers have come forward from around the country to tell us the harsh realities of what they endure in the course of protecting the public, and the toll this can exact on their physical and mental wellbeing. You can read their stories below:

 

Avon and Somerset

Assaulted officer quit job he "loved"

Bedfordshire

Head stapled after hit with object

Cambridgeshire

Attacked by man armed with garden tools

Cheshire

Slashed across hand by knifeman

Cleveland

Left with PTSD after screwdriver attack

Cumbria

CPS 'sending a poor message' to offenders

Derbyshire

Traumatised after a frenzied attack
Eye socket and cheek bone shattered

Devon and Cornwall

Left with life changing injuries

Dorset

Drunk fought police on busy highway
Headbutted by boxer and traumatised

Durham

Punched, kicked, bitten and ligaments torn

Essex

Offender tried to gouge officer's eyes

Gloucestershire

Video: Knocked unconscious and left with head wound

Greater Manchester

Arrest left officer facing paralysis

Gwent

Knocked unconscious and left in a ditch

Hampshire

Dragged into path of oncoming traffic
Head repeatedly slammed against the pavement

Kent

Thumb jammed in officer's eye during arrest

Lancashire

Strangled by '18 stone man'

Metropolitan

Bitten by rough sleeper at airport

Norfolk

Norfolk - injured tackling shoplifter

Northamptonshire

Northants - stabbed in the hand

North Wales

North Wales - gripped in a headlock

Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire - suspected hand fracture

South Wales

South Wales - set upon by a gang

South Yorkshire

Video: 'I'd rather be punched than spat on'

Staffordshire

Teeth broken before a wedding

Suffolk

Tough to explain bruises to the kids

Surrey

Video: Head-butted with force
Held hostage by man with knife

Sussex

Beaten black and blue outside pub

Thames Valley

Horrific woodland attack

Warwickshire

Played dead after 'acid attack'

West Midlands

Video: Spitting incident has far-reaching consequences

West Yorkshire

Video: Collar bone broken in brutal assault
Video: Teeth broken and confidence shattered
Video: Hit around the head with police radio
Video: Kicked in the face on Christmas Day
Surrounded by hostile crowd while with MP

Wiltshire

Hit in the face with a chisel

 

 

 

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