Violence against police ‘getting worse’, federation warns – as officers killed are honoured
The level of violence against police has increased in recent years, according to an organisation representing rank and file officers in England and Wales.
John Apter, chair of the Police Federation, told Sky News that his colleagues accepted that policing is dangerous but now some people "want to kick them when they are down and then kick them again".
He was speaking on National Police Memorial Day, with an annual remembrance service planned to honour officers who have lost their lives on duty.
Among those being remembered will be Sergeant Matt Ratana, who was allegedly killed by a handcuffed suspect at Croydon Custody Centre in south London early on Friday.
Mr Apter said Sgt Ratana's death was "heartbreaking and devastating news for the policing family and beyond".
Speaking about violence against officers, he told Sky News: "What we've seen over the past few years is the level of violence which has increased. In the 'old days', if somebody wanted to escape arrest they'd assault a police officer and off they'd run.
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"But now we seem to have people who will assault a police officer and then kick them when they are down and then kick them again."
He added: "We are recording violence against my colleagues much better but we are a more violent society without a shadow of a doubt and my colleagues are on the frontline of that and unfortunately facing some of that violence."
It comes as former policing minister Mike Penning said poor attitudes towards officers started with politicians, who he accused of "hampering and undermining normal police officers".
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