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All this week, we will be sharing stories directly from emergency services personnel who have been assaulted whilst on duty.
In the third instalment of our #AssaultedOnDuty series of stories, we hear (below) from a Metropolitan Police Officer who was repeatedly stabbed by a heavily pregnant drug abuser who had HEP-C, HEP-B and was HIV positive.
There will be some out there, who feel that this sort of attack is ‘part of the job’. It isn’t, and neither should it ever be.
What makes us so angry about this story, is that the female who carried out this vicious assault was not taken to Court, despite the video evidence captured by the Officer.
What kind of ridiculous message does this send out to the brave men and women on the #ThinBlueLine?
“I’m a response team officer based in a south London borough in the Met.
I responded to a report of a fight between 2 females in a drug and alcohol hostel, upon arrival I spoke to one female who stated she had been attacked by another, both were very well known to me but none the less I started going through the motions and reviewed the CCTV of what had happened.
The footage showed the assault so one female was going to be arrested, she is a class A drug user and was 7 months pregnant at the time but she has a long history of offending on bail and FTA [failing to appear] so my hands were tied.
I arrested her and she decided to play miss nice, she said that she needed to get her baby pack from her room as she was high risk pregnancy and knowing her I believed this to be true.
We went to her room and she proceeded to put on a jumper and pick up the baby pack, unbeknown to me the baby pack had 2 full needles of heroin inside as her contingency should she be arrested or staff search her room.
As she handed me the baby pack I see her slip one of the needles out and up her sleeve, I knew she had it and indicated to my colleague she had a needle but as her room was littered with old dirty needles I decided to try and wait to recover it.
I then went to handcuff her and she pulled away and dropped to the floor, I held back on force as she was so heavily pregnant and started to tell her to drop the needle, I could see that she had got the needle into her wrist and was trying to inject a full syringe into her arm.
I struggled with her and then managed to get her arm out with her still holding the needle and she then started stabbing at my hand with it causing 2 puncture wounds to my hand.
At this point I did use force and had to injure her to safely restrain her.
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I knew she had got the needle into her arm as blood was running down her arm and my heart sunk, I knew that she had HEP-C, HEP-B and was HIV positive.
Colleagues arrived and flushed the wound and I was then taken to a local hospital by colleagues on blue lights to see the infection control team.
I was seen in 15 minutes and they took blood and started me on Post exposure prophylactics within 30 mins.
I beat myself up for days over it thinking what I did wrong and how I could have handled it differently, the fact she was so heavily pregnant altered my thought process with using force and I second guessed myself for a few weeks after.
I then had to come to terms with what the Drs and occupational health had told me, although my chances of contracting anything was low, she was a high risk individual and as such I needed a 5 week course of PEP, this was by far one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had and wouldn’t wish it on anyone, constantly lethargic, D&V, headaches, stomach aches it’s horrible.
Not only this but for the 5 weeks having to explain to my other half, who is also a police officer and very supportive, that we cannot have sex for 5 weeks takes a huge toll on any relationship, thankfully she was very understanding and supportive throughout the whole incident.
So over the last 3 months I’ve had 6 blood tests and I got my final set of results back on Friday the 18th of May, I’m all clear, the sense of relief was overwhelming.
After all of this my priority was my health, [but] what does upset me is that even though the whole incident is caught on BWV camera and shows everything in detail, the CPS decided there was not enough evidence to charge and she was NFA [No Further Action].
If anything the whole thing has taught me that no matter how human, how morally sound and how understanding you can be to people, you need to put yourself first”.
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