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All this week, we will be sharing stories directly from emergency services personnel who have been assaulted whilst on duty.
One of the things which we are extremely passionate about, is trying to reduce the amount of assaults inflicted upon our colleagues in the emergency services and NHS.
Of course, we would love to be able to stamp out these sort of incidents altogether, but we are not naive enough to believe that that will happen, or indeed that we can stop such attacks altogether.
Each one of our many Admins, either has or is still serving in the Emergency Services. We have Police, Fire, Ambulance & Lifeboat Admins who are not just based in the UK, but who are based all around the world.
We have ourselves seen (and felt) the impact of being assaulted whilst on duty.
Our own Cop(ex) Admin was stabbed in the leg, whilst trying to apprehend a male armed with a large kitchen knife who was off of his face on drugs at the time.
We want to publicise and highlight not only the severity of the assaults inflicted upon our colleagues, but also the frequency with which our colleagues are being assaulted on a DAILY basis.
Unless you have served in uniform, then you will never know what it feels like to turn up to an emergency call in order to try and help someone, only to then be assaulted by the very people you are there to try and save.
Being one of the most popular emergency services pages on Facebook, we hear all of the time from many of our 235,000 followers about incidents where they have been assaulted whilst on duty, only to then be expected to return to work the very next shift.
If you work in the emergency services or NHS and you have been assaulted whilst on duty, then contact us via our main website and share your story with us.
We might use your story over the next five days.
The first of our stories (below) has been written by a colleague on the #ThinBlueLine:
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“I’m a police 24/7 response officer and was assaulted 2 times on duty within a month last year.
Attended a report of a domestic, turned up to a guy who’d slashed his wrists (not life threatening, but bleeding enough for an ambulance to be required) with the broken remains of the plates and cups he’d smashed all over the kitchen.
Talked to him in a friendly and polite manner, called an ambulance, and just tried to have a conversation with him while we waited.
He decided (for no reason and without warning) to try and punch me.
Blocked the punch, but put my shoulder out by smashing through the back of the socket. I’m still not back to full duties after having two screws put in.
A few weeks before that I had an arrest try to bite me when I was single crewed and taking them to custody.
Restrained him and got kicked in the head and a concussion. He got jailed for 3 months (including his original nasty DV offences) and was out in 6 weeks
I’m seeing assaults of some form probably on a weekly basis.
I mean, most are minor (spitting, rolling around during arrests etc) which don’t even get reported as it’s just not worth the hassle.
Unless there’s a serious injury the courts just don’t seem to care, and its as if they think we should just be expected to deal with it.
There’s a more serious one probably every 6 months, with what I’d class as “serious” once or twice a year. Doesn’t sound much, but I’m only talking about my shift of 10 officers here…!.
One of our officers (singled crewed as always, we aren’t allowed to double crew at all these days other than sometimes on a night shift) also had a problem a few months back while taking someone to the custody suite (25+ minutes away due to closures after the cuts) in a van.
The punter shouted through that he’d had a razor blade concealed and he was going to cut his wrists.
Our cop had to wrestle this off him, and in the process ended up locked in his own cage with the violent punter. It took 20 minutes before someone got to him to get him out”.
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