Force reveals rising number of police attacks

2009H1 Operation Felicity Scarborough Police 5''''Friday, August 7, 2009''''DRUG SNIFFER DOG...PC John Mann, a dog handler from British Transport Police, with Charlie at Scarborough Railway Station... Officers lead a suspect away to be searched after Charlie gave a positive indication of drugs...''''Picture by Ian Duncan...
2009H1 Operation Felicity Scarborough Police 5''''Friday, August 7, 2009''''DRUG SNIFFER DOG...PC John Mann, a dog handler from British Transport Police, with Charlie at Scarborough Railway Station... Officers lead a suspect away to be searched after Charlie gave a positive indication of drugs...''''Picture by Ian Duncan...
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Police in Scarborough have been subjected to a string of physical and verbal assaults over the last three years while on duty.

A Freedom of Information request by The Scarborough News has revealed that police have been assaulted at least 138 times while protecting the public.

This shows that approximately one officer is assaulted per week in Scarborough as they carry out their job.

However, due to the cost of obtaining full figures, these numbers were only for officers who weren’t injured through the assault - meaning the figures could theoretically be much higher.

Police have also revealed that 39 officers have been injured since April 2009 arresting suspected crooks.

Officers are also being subjected to racist and sexist abuse, with three complaints made during the three-year period.

The North Yorkshire Police figures show that assaults on police officers seem to be on the rise in the town.

The assaults disclosed by the force show that the number has risen steadily each year, with 41 incidents in 2009/2010, 43 the following year, and 54 last 
year.

However, the number of injuries reported during arrests has dropped slightly each year, falling from 15 in 2009/2010, to 11 injuries last year.

A spokesperson for Scarborough Police was contacted for comment, but was unable to 
respond in time.