It’s never been okay to assault a Police Officer. Well, it’s never been okay to assault anyone really has it.
It still shocks me that it has become routine to hear an officer on the radio calling for help. Routine to hear of a colleague hurt. Routine to hear of weak sentences at Court.
Times have changed, they are still very much changing. The risks we take are greater, the statistics of assaults on Police are getting higher, and the Government are still suggesting that there are extra officers. It’s ridiculous.
Just today I was handed a prisoner to deal with. Assault Police. The prisoner was too violent to be interviewed, having had a bundle with us in Custody and assaulted another colleague.
When I spoke to the officer who had been spat at in the face, they said “I’m fine I’m just getting checked at Hospital because there was blood in his spit.”
How is that a normal thing to say? How is that acceptable? It was said so matter-of-factly.
We frequently say there aren’t enough Police to protect the public. There aren’t enough Police to catch the bad guys. There aren’t enough Police to deploy to all the 999 calls. But that means that there also aren’t enough Police to protect ourselves, to protect each other. Our colleagues. Our friends. Our work family.
When one of us gets hurt, we all feel it, it’s part of who we are.