Nottinghamshire Police has condemned those who deliberately attack key workers in the line of duty after officers were assaulted in two separate incidents.
They were attacked on Monday (7 June 2021) in the Radford area with one officer being punched in the stomach, while the other suffered a head injury after being kicked in the face.
The force was called to Bentinck Road at around 11.20am following a report that a man was threatening hostel staff. Officers quickly attended the scene to detain a 45-year-old man.
The suspect was searched and a bag of cannabis was seized. He was arrested on suspicion of common assault, public order and possession of a Class B drug.
Four hours later officers were called to the Forest Recreation Ground for an unrelated incident when they were alerted to a man urinating in full view of the general public.
Officers challenged the suspect who then became abusive towards police and allegedly racially abused one officer. A 50-year-old man was restrained and then arrested before he was put into a police vehicle when he kicked out.
He was arrested on suspicion of police assault and racially-aggravated public order.
Both officers suffered minor injuries and their welfare is being supported.
Inspector Amy English commended the officers’ bravery but insisted being assaulted should never be thought of as ‘part of the job’ for police officers.
She said: “Police officers and staff go out every single day to keep the public safe from harm. They have the right to go about their work without being assaulted and abused.
“Emergency workers are there to help people in what are likely to be their greatest hours of need.
“We must make it clear that we will not accept this treatment of our officers and staff. It is simply not part of the job and it shouldn’t happen.
“We take officer assaults very seriously and will always thoroughly investigate any incidents where our officers or staff have been injured.
“Police work incredibly hard to protect the public and acknowledge that there is a risk when delivering that service.
“I would also like to thank those courageous members of our force who put their own lives in danger in this way in order to apprehend those intent on committing crimes like these.
“The officers involved in these types of incidents will be supported throughout the investigations.”
Nottinghamshire Police along with other local key workers including doctors, nurses, fire crews, teachers and ambulance staff have released a joint video condemning such violence and attacks on those carrying out their duties. This can be viewed below.
It was prompted by a number of offences where people were deliberately spitting and coughing on key workers claiming to have Coronavirus – right at the height of the pandemic.
A number of people have now been jailed following these attacks locally.