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Nine police officers assaulted over the weekend

 
Created on 18/02/2020 @ 09:22
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Last weekend saw several police officers, including a Special Constable on probation, attacked in the region, it has emerged.

Dyfed Powys Police has just revealed that nine officers were assaulted, including the Special Constable who was bitten.

Officers across the force were punched, kicked, bitten and spat at as they responded to domestic assaults, harassment, a disturbance and a missing person.

The offences were alleged to have been committed by women aged between 14 and 61, all of whom were arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker.

Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “Policing, by its very nature, is a challenging occupation, and officers do expect to be put in difficult situations. However, it is completely unacceptable that they should be subject to assaults while they are carrying out their duties – particularly when they are assaulted by the very people they are trying to help.

“Nine officers being assaulted as they respond to five incidents is shocking – and this doesn’t include the verbal abuse and near misses they face daily.

“We take these matters very seriously. For every officer who is assaulted, a plan is put in place to support them, whether they are able to remain on duty or not.

“Our view is that assaults on police officers and staff should be investigated with the same care, compassion and commitment as an assault on a member of the public. This sounds obvious, but too often our response to assaults on officers and staff can be rushed or treated as secondary to other offences.”

Charges have been brought against two of the alleged offenders.

In other incidents, a PC was kicked while attending a report of a mother assaulting her daughter, while an officer and a sergeant were also kicked, punched and spat at after finding a teenager who had been reported missing.

 

 

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