Injured police officers at all time high in North Yorkshire
Posted: October 13, 2013
Posted in: Criminal Injury and Assault Workplace Injuries
New figures have found that in North Yorkshire alone, more than 50 police officers have been injured during duty in the last 12 months. A survey that was commissioned earlier this year by the North Yorkshire Police Federation found that 52.1% of the 372 surveyed officers had suffered an injury as a result of an assault while on duty, with nearly 57% having suffered a personal injury more than once in the last 24 months. 41.5% of officers had been threatened with a weapon in the last 24 months, and over half of the officers surveyed said that body armour should be mandatory for all operational duties.
Fractured bones and broken teeth
In a report that was requested under the Freedom of Information Act, it was revealed to The Press that among the 54 injuries reported to the force, fractured bones, broken teeth, cuts, bites and bruises all featured highly in the listed injuries. Chief Constable Dave Jones said: “Police officers put their safety on the line every day as they carry out their duty to protect the public from harm”.
Charges related to assaulting an officer, resisting/obstructing an officer or violence, have been raised in 41 cases – three of which have resulted in caution or youth demand. One North Yorkshire Police spokesman told media about officers requiring rehabilitation work following their injuries, but the cost of the treatment could not be covered.
The Federation Chairman Mark Botham said that the Federation was working with the force to address issues related to officer health and safety, and that the recording methods of injuries were also being revised.
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