THIS shocking image shows the aftermath of an assault on a Hampshire police officer.
The photo, released by the county’s police federation, shows the vest warn by an officer who was headbutted in Winchester, causing an injury which has left a permanent scar.
The offender has been convicted of ABH and sentenced to 122 days in prison.
Hampshire Police Federation chairman John Apter said: ‘This was a violent attack on a police officer who was doing his duty.
‘Police officers, and indeed any public sector worker who are assaulted in the execution of their duty, must feel supported by the judicial system.
‘This sentence does not reflect the seriousness of the assault and certainly does not make our officers feel valued by the “system”.
‘The assault inflicted on the officer shows the harsh reality of policing, but it must never be seen as an acceptable part of policing.’
Mr Apter stressed that police officers do a difficult and demanding job, and therefore must be supported by the system when incidents like this occur.
‘Police officers accept that policing has dangers and is unpredictable,’ he said.
‘As much as we try to prevent it, officers are assaulted. What officers need to feel is that the system is there to protect them and support them.
‘The vast majority of the public support our police officers, it’s now time for the judicial system to do the same.’