Assaults on police officers in Essex have almost doubled.

ASSAULTS on police officers in Essex have almost doubled.

ASSAULTS on police officers in Essex have almost doubled.

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ASSAULTS on police officers in Essex have almost doubled.

638 offences were recorded last year, up from 332.

Deputy Chief Constable Derek Benson, of Essex Police, said: “Policing can be a risky and at times dangerous job.

“Our officers and staff are often asked to deal with people in volatile situations.

“The public expect us to step forward and deal with such situations; it is a reality we all accepted when we joined.

“However, we do not tolerate assaults on our staff and will always seek to prosecute if there is evidence to do so.”

The last time figures climbed so high Bernard Jenkin, MP for Harwich and North Essex, brought the isue to the attention of the Home Secretary who raised it in the House of Commons.

Mark Smith, chairman of the Essex Police Federation, said: “I don’t know why some people wouldn’t think twice about assaulting a police officer.

“Maybe there is less respect, maybe people know there are fewer officers and less back-up, may be there is more violence.

“But whatever the reason it is worrying.

“The punishments for assaulting officers are there.

“The Crown Prosecution Service need to run these cases and the courts need to use the powers to send out a message it is not acceptable.”

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9:58am Mon 4 Aug 14

tugboatsr says...

With ref to assaults on Essex Police I agree its not good but they treat the public in a manner that will cause this ! There are a lot of them who have no respect for the public and if they treat people this way they will get the same back This is not only in Essex I'm afraid that the discipline in todays police force is to say the least almost none existence so as they say what goes around comes around . Maybe they should take a look at there methods first. The public see them as not much better than a bunch of bully boys in the way they talk and deal with people
With ref to assaults on Essex Police I agree its not good but they treat the public in a manner that will cause this ! There are a lot of them who have no respect for the public and if they treat people this way they will get the same back This is not only in Essex I'm afraid that the discipline in todays police force is to say the least almost none existence so as they say what goes around comes around . Maybe they should take a look at there methods first. The public see them as not much better than a bunch of bully boys in the way they talk and deal with people tugboatsr
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10:23am Mon 4 Aug 14

Davidmills says...

Not surprised when they come and use bully boy tactics when all i was doing is returning mail on the same close as it was in there name but my home number, getting bad when they waste there time and threaten me that i will be reported if i carry on doing, all i am doing is returning mail to the right person, must say i felt like having ago at them.
Not surprised when they come and use bully boy tactics when all i was doing is returning mail on the same close as it was in there name but my home number, getting bad when they waste there time and threaten me that i will be reported if i carry on doing, all i am doing is returning mail to the right person, must say i felt like having ago at them. Davidmills
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2:06pm Mon 4 Aug 14

gizabreak says...

While I don't agree with assaulting police officers doing their job and having had to deal with people of a volatile nature...it may be an idea to remind some members if the police force that it's not always what you say to someone it is the WAY that you say it and the approach you use .
While I don't agree with assaulting police officers doing their job and having had to deal with people of a volatile nature...it may be an idea to remind some members if the police force that it's not always what you say to someone it is the WAY that you say it and the approach you use . gizabreak
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11:08pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Luc Smith says...

But yet you **** all over the Essex Police for using Taser more, this is the reason why. But when will the media learn?
But yet you **** all over the Essex Police for using Taser more, this is the reason why. But when will the media learn? Luc Smith
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1:58am Wed 6 Aug 14

colchlad says...

Not surprising some of these officers have a god complex. Id just like to point out the number of people brutally stabbed and murdered in Colchester has also doubled with no killer caught. If one of those killed had been an off duty policeman/woman would that be the case? I doubt it.
Not surprising some of these officers have a god complex. Id just like to point out the number of people brutally stabbed and murdered in Colchester has also doubled with no killer caught. If one of those killed had been an off duty policeman/woman would that be the case? I doubt it. colchlad
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