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Assaults leave 54 North Yorkshire Police officers hurt
10:00am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
More than 50 North Yorkshire Police officers were injured in the line of duty in the 12 months to March, new figures have revealed.
Cuts, bites, bruises, a fractured bone and broken teeth were featured among the 54 incidents officers reported to the force which have been revealed in response to a Freedom of Information request.
Charges of assaulting a constable, violence or resisting or obstructing a constable have been brought in 41 cases. Three of the crimes also resulted in a caution or youth remand.
Chief Constable Dave Jones said: “Police officers put their safety on the line every day as they carry out their duty to protect the public from harm.
“There is an element of risk in what they do but they receive adequate training to cope with and deal with any threat they are faced with. Officers are frequently confronted with aggressive people and dangerous situations and their commitment and bravery in the face of such challenges is admirable.”
A survey commissioned by the North Yorkshire Police Federation earlier this year found 52.1 per cent of the 372 officers surveyed had suffered a personal injury as a result of an assault while on duty; almost 57 per cent had suffered an injury at least once in the last two years; 41.5 per cent had been threatened with a weapon in the last two years; and just over 52 per cent said body armour should be mandatory for all operational duties.
Mark Botham, Federation chairman, said: “We are aware of cases where officers have been assaulted on duty and no further action has been taken – that is not acceptable.”
He said the Federation and force were working to address issues surrounding officer safety, health and well-being and concerns over the recording methods being used.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said ten officers had undergone rehabilitation work following their injuries but the cost of this could not be supplied.
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