1. ITV Report

Police woman has hair ripped out after being assaulted on shift


A violent attack on a West Midlands Police Officer has been caught on camera. PC Emma Agyei was assaulted after being called to a domestic incident in Wolverhampton.

Footage from her body-cam shows the moment she is forced to the floor by a 24-year-old man who beats her and rips out a large chunk of her hair.

The man who attacked her has been given a 12 weeks suspended sentence. A decision that has been strongly criticised by the West Midlands Chief Constable and Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner.

The force is now taking steps to highlight the impact of officers or police staff being assaulted or abused on our streets.

assaults between April and December 2017
days of lost policing time

Two officers or police staff report being assaulted or racially or verbally abused every day in the West Midlands.

Between April and December 2017, 669 assaults on West Midlands officers and staff were recorded. As a result, 356 days of policing time was lost.

I am stepping up to highlight the impact of assaults on our communities. Officers, PCSOs and staff are often the first and last line of defence.

Our officers will always do the right thing and routinely put themselves in harm’s way to protect the public, but we need to bring to justice criminals who think that it is okay to abuse and hit out.

Time off recovering from a senseless attack is time taken away from the very communities that need them policing their streets and protecting them.

– Chief Constable Dave Thompson

From now on, whenever attacks on West Midlands officers come before the courts, a statement will be given by the chief constable on the impact the crime has had.

It's hoped that will lead to what the police consider to be more appropriate sentences - like a jail term.