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Police officers ‘suffer an assault every four minutes’

By DPF Admin5th February 2017August 6th, 2019Area Updates, Latest News, Northern Updates, Southern Updates

Police officers in England and Wales have been subjected to more than 2.4 million attacks in just a year, according to new figures.

Previous estimates had suggested that 23,000 police officers were assaulted every year but data from Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) welfare survey states it is a much greater problem.

There is an assault every four minutes, according to the survey which questioned 17,000 officers. Researchers found that out of a total of 2,416,445 attacks, 40,009 had led to an injury from violence.

PPEW chairman Steve White said: “We always knew that 23,000, whilst bad enough, was not the true picture but 2.4 million is beyond anyone's expectations and totally unacceptable.

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