More than 50 attacks a month recorded on Cheshire Police officers

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Cheshire Constabulary has pledged its commitment to enhancing the safety of staff after than 50 assaults a month were recorded on its officers.

Police safety training is to be overhauled and an assessment of equipment available to the frontline will be carried out following the findings of a national survey commissioned by the National Police Chiefs' Council and the College of Policing in response to concerns about a rising number of assaults and increased violence against officers.

Over the past 12 months Cheshire Constabulary has recorded a total of 637 assaults on police officers – with or without injury – which equates to more than 50 assaults a month.

A report published today (Wednesday, 2nd September) contains 28 recommendations, which were unanimously agreed by Chief Constables' Council earlier this year but publication of the report was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As a result Cheshire Police force has introduced a local action plan which includes a focus on training and wellbeing support, equipment and operational response, criminal justice outcomes and roads policing and officer safety.

Chief Constable Darren Martland said: "Any attack on a police officer is shocking but recent incidents across the country serve as a stark reminder of the dangers that they face on a daily basis.

"As Chief Constable of Cheshire the safety of my officers is of paramount importance and I am committed to doing all I can to ensure that they are properly trained and equipped with the tools that they need to do their job effectively.

"That is why the force is supporting this national review, commissioned by the National Police Chiefs' Council. It will complement the work that we already carry out to asses and mitigate the threats and risk our officers face.

"As well as the national survey, an internal review has also been carried out. From both our findings and those from the national review, an action plan has been put together in relation to the key points. Those areas have been allocated a senior officer to take the lead and start to make a real difference in ensuring our officers' safety."

CC Martland added: "The impact of an assault on an officer should not be underestimated – not only does this have an effect on their physical and mental wellbeing it also potentially takes an officer off the streets for a period of time putting added pressure on others to uphold the level of service we strive to provide to the communities of Cheshire.

"I am committed to ensuring that as a force we are doing everything we can to reduce the risk to our officers. However, in cases where an officer is assaulted on duty we will make sure they receive all the necessary support from the Constabulary and, where appropriate, action is taken against offenders and they are brought to justice.

"It is important to remember that attacking an emergency services worker is a criminal offence and can result in a jail sentence."

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Mark Russell
Wednesday 2nd September 2020 at 3:25 pm
"It is important to remember that attacking an emergency services worker is a criminal offence and can result in a jail sentence."

But it doesn’t it’s normally a £100 fine. So until these people are banged up for years it won’t stop as there is no deterrent
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 2nd September 2020 at 7:13 pm
@ Mark Russell- absolutely correct; changes need to be made, custodial time needs to be served for every attack on all the emergency services' staff.
Kathryn Blackburn
Thursday 3rd September 2020 at 8:29 am
Very unfortunately we cannot afford to nor are there prison places enough to jail every attacker on a police officer more is the pity.
I do hope that each officer is allowed to operate appropriate force and use of taser in these personal assault cases but my worry is that their hands may be tied behind their backs.
Mark Russell
Thursday 3rd September 2020 at 11:24 am
Put them all on a Scottish island and they can look after themselves for 12 months, grow own food etc. I bet their attitude would be different on return.
Jean Berman
Thursday 3rd September 2020 at 5:05 pm
I’m sorry but anyone who attacks any emergency worker at all should be given a long enough custodial sentence to put others off or make them think twice .

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