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Standing Together Against Assaults On Police Officers And Staff

1st March 2017
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Statistics show that in Nottinghamshire last year, 160 officers and front-line staff were assaulted.

And this week officers and staff signed a pledge to say being assaulted is not part of the day job.

By signing the pledge, new Chief Constable Craig Guildford has committed the Force to thoroughly investigate and record all assaults to officers and staff – and ensure that those victims receive the right levels of support.

163 officers and front-line officers and staff were assaulted in 2014/15 with 19 officers and staff assaulted in custody. There were 161 reported assaults in 2013/14 and 14 assaults in custody and 138 assaults in 2012/13 with nine assaults in custody.

Projected stats for 2016-17 (based on data till the end of Jan 2017) indicate there will be 118 assaults to divisional staff and 10 assaults to custody staff. Projected stats have been annualised by taking average figures to form a yearly figure and may go up or down.

Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “No-one should have ever have to be the victim of unlawful violence in any walk of life and my officers and staff are no different.

“Our officers and staff will be supported throughout and should be treated the same way as any other victim of crime. One assault on a Police Officer, PCSO, Special Constable or member of Police Staff is one too many. We must be clear though, an assault of any kind should never be considered ‘part of the job’.

“Every day our officers and staff risk their lives to serve and protect the public and it’s important we support every single one of them. I am very proud and humbled by the hard work our dedicated officers and staff do under some very challenging situations.

“Working on the front-line of any police force often involves difficult and dangerous situations whereby ‘public’ always comes before ‘self’.  

“Any assault on our officers and staff has a huge knock-on effect not just for the communities we serve, but also to our officers and staff and the people closest to them who live with the physical and mental impact of being a victim of these offences. From personal experience such events are never pleasant and as Chief Constable I thoroughly support this joint pledge.”

Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, wholeheartedly supports the pledge, saying: “Just this week we saw the courage of Nottinghamshire’s officers when they rushed to save the life of a man in the river. Acts like this should never be taken for granted.

“Police officers and staff regularly put thoughts of their own safety to one side to ensure the safety of members of the public and it is outrageous that all too often they are on the receiving end of physical and verbal abuse.

“This should never be considered just part of the job. We need to send a clear message to those who assault officers and staff that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated and action will be taken.”

 

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