Following on from the BBC Scotland programme on assaults on police, news comes via the Police Review of a worrying development.
It appears that the Home Office are no longer collecting data on the amount of assaults on police. The Home Office refused the magazine’s repeated requests to confirm it still collected the data. They merely replied, "As part of an overall drive to cut data recording, we are currently reviewing whether to continue collecting data on assault on police officers."
When asked for the most recent figures it could only supply data from 2004/2005.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary failed to include officer assault figures in its 2008 annual report, published in March.
Figures gained from individual forces by the Police Review recorded 21,845 officers were attacked in 2005, an average of 60 assaults a day, one every 24 minutes. In 2006 this rose to 25,368, an average of 70 a day.
Is it me or is this just another example of the contempt shown by this government to the police with yet another failure to protect us? How can anyone tell what measures need to be implemented to protect officers if the government can’t be arsed to find out how big the problem is & whether it’s getting any better or not?