Call for data on assaults on police to be published

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THE man who represents rank-and-file police officers in Hampshire has called for data on police assaults to be released.

John Apter, chairman of Hampshire Police Federation, said if the Home Office published the numbers it would show the true nature of policing.

Mr Apter was speaking at the Police Federation conference in Bournemouth on Tuesday.

Mr Apter told the audience: ‘You can only deal with the problem when you know what the problem is.

‘The data we have now is only half the picture.

‘When the whole picture comes out it will show the true nature of policing and that is something the public needs to see.’

Mr Apter has previously said there are discrepancies in figures with some assaults on police recorded in health and safety logs and others recorded as crimes.

Mr Apter added: ‘Policing is dangerous and unpredictable.

‘For our colleagues to say it is an acceptable part of the job is not acceptable. Being assaulted must never ever be acceptable.’

He added Hampshire has done good work in tackling officer assaults.

A team at the force has been set up to tackle the issue.

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