Assaulted police officers ‘suffer mental health issues’

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POLICE officers who are assaulted suffer a lack of confidence, a police representative has said.

John Apter, chairman of Hampshire Police Federation said it can lead to mental health problems.

He was speaking at the conference of the Police Federation of England and Wales yesterday in Bournemouth.

He said: He said: ‘If officers are really honest, they do lack confidence after they’ve been assaulted. When we drilled into the data we found that officers of so-called minor offences had been repeat victims.’