Following assaults on 11 police officers and staff over the weekend, Humberside Police Chief Constable Lee Freeman has said it has to stop.
CC Freeman said: “Although assaults on officers is by no means a new issue for us, as for other forces across the country, I wanted to raise it again today following the attacks at the weekend.
“Whilst we are the police and we do expect to run towards danger, it is not acceptable that we should experience such violence whilst doing our job, and we must take a stand against this.
“The levels of violence we’re experiencing can at times be extremely serious, with one of our officers strangled, punched and bitten in the head by a dog this weekend.
“The personal impact on those assaulted should not be underestimated.
“Police officers and staff are all real people with families. Every one of those injured this weekend is a mother, father, son daughter or grandparent. They are victims of crime the same as anyone is, and their physical and mental wellbeing is affected by such experiences.
“I have to protect my officers and staff, and every bit of and support available will be given to anyone who is assaulted at work. This includes the right training and equipment for all of our officers, and if that means every officer has to carry a Taser, that’s a conversation we can have and I’m prepared to look into.
“I know from the responses to my tweets on social media at the weekend that the you, the public, do appreciate the job we do and our efforts to protect you, and I want thank those who have offered their kind words to our officers and staff.
“For all officers and staff at Humberside Police, my thanks for everything you do and I want to offer my assurance that I will continue to do everything I can to support you.”