1. ITV Report

Surge in police assaults: Officer attacked every four hours in London

A police officer is attacked every four hours in London amid a surge in assaults against Britain's biggest police force.

Nearly ten officers are also injured by other accidents ranging from slips and trips to being hit by moving vehicles, figures reveal.

The number of attacks against Met Police officers in the first half of 2017 rose by nearly 300 compared with the same period last year.

Policing is challenging however all policing activities are risk assessed and appropriate mitigation measures implemented to reduce the risk of injury, as far as is it reasonably practicable to do so.

– Met Police statement

Freedom of Information figures show there were:

  • 2,600 reported injuries of police officers in the capital between January 1 and June 30
  • 1,111 of those were the result of being attacked by a person
  • During the same period last year there were 2,467 injuries, with 822 the result of being attacked

Police said the overall injury figures also include accidents on duty, including, slips, trips, falls and being 'hit by a moving vehicle'.

The Metropolitan Police Service has a duty of care over all its employees.

In addition, we are committed to supporting and promoting the positive well-being among staff and officers.

In the unfortunate circumstances that an officer is injured, the MPS has comprehensive occupational support services to provide injured officers, and access to additional health services to assist individuals and their line managers, with the personalised care they require.

The welfare of our officers and staff will always remain a priority.

– Met Police statement

There are currently 30,513 police on the beat across Greater London, down from 32,125 in 2010.