A woman has been sent to prison after assaulting a total of 17 Kent Police officers.
Janet Waller committed the offences during three separate calls to her address between May and September 2020.
The 32-year-old, of Pier Road, Kent, admitted all 17 charges against her and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 6th November 2020.
Waller was also sentenced for offences under the Malicious Communication Act which were investigated by a different police force.
A catalogue of violent incidents
The first series of assaults took place on 14th May 2020.
Waller contacted Kent Police via the force’s online live chat feature and said she needed police assistance.
An officer attended her address to gather further information.
As they were leaving Wallers address, Waller threw a set of keys and a mobile phone at them, hitting one of the officers on the leg.
Later that afternoon Waller threw a bottle at a different police officer, who was able to move out the way and avoid injury quickly.
Waller was arrested and continued to lash out at officers while in custody.
Waller was subsequently charged with six assaults against emergency service workers.
On 19 August, Waller committed a further seven acts of violence against Kent Police officers after they were called to her home address.
One again, Waller had requested the assistance of the police.
When officers attended her address, Waller admitted no incident had taken place, and that she had not called them for a legitimate reason.
As she was arrested for wasting police time, one of the officers was spat at, while other officers were either kicked or had objects thrown at them.
The final four assaults took place on 14 September.
Waller called Kent Police to say she had removed an electronic tag.
When officers attended her address, she lunged at one officer and kicked another.
A further two officers attended to help escort her to the police station, and both were kicked.
Sergeant Lauren Bowron, from Kent Police, said:
‘The assaults that Waller subjected our officers to were thoroughly degrading and unprovoked.
‘While police know that their position can open them up to dangerous and unpredictable incidents, they should not have to tolerate being assaulted.
‘We made repeated attempts to engage with Waller and encourage her to change her ways and it is extremely regrettable that she was unable to respond to this encouragement.
‘The sentence imposed by the court is proportionate and I sincerely hope she sees her time in custody as an opportunity to reform.’
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