Attacks on West Mercia Police officers increase - with 180 incidents reported in three months

By Dominic Robertson | Crime | Published:

Attacks on police in the region have increased by seven per cent in just three months, new figures show.

Attacks on police have increased

West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion, is now calling for more to be done to tackle the problem.

West Mercia Police said they have seen a seven per cent increase in incidents where the victim was an officer or member of staff.

In total, 180 incidents, of which 53 involved injury, were reported in just three months.

The force said that 17 per cent of the victims were repeat victims, with five frontline officers being targeted four times or more in just a sixth-month period.

New legislation was brought in last year, giving the courts the power to impose stronger sentences, and in the year since 259 charges or summons have been brought.

Commissioner John Campion said: “Through my Behind the Badge campaign, we are seeing progress; sentences are becoming tougher for those who assault emergency workers or animals and my investments in body worn video acts as a deterrent, but there is so much more we, as a society as a whole, can do.

“We are seeing around two incidents every day, and this is just not acceptable. We need to look at the bigger picture, where alcohol and drugs play a part, and make rehabilitation programmes effective."

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