Two volunteer police officers who were attacked as they patrolled a Colchester night spot say they considered leaving the force.
Special Inspector Robert Boyle and Special Constable Toby Romani were called to the town's High Street in the early hours of January 13 to reports of a man using a broken bottle to threaten people.
It was while they were talking to a group of people that Jack Hudson - a 20-year-old from Bromley Close, Clacton - headbutted S/Insp Boyle in the face.
He went on to kick and punch him in the head while he was lying on the floor. As SC Romani tried to protect his colleague, Hudson also punched him.
S/Insp Boyle's jaw was broken in two places and, almost a year after the assault, he is still recovering.
In the months that followed, he saw a counsellor who helped him decide he would return to his volunteer role.
According to official figures, assaults on police officers in Essex are becoming more common.
In 2018/19, there were 992 recorded - up 31% on the previous year and the equivalent of three a day.
The Police Federation believes part of the increase could be down to more officers reporting their experiences.
They say the figures could help them push for stronger sentences for people who are convicted of assaulting emergency workers.
Jack Hudson admitted charges of grievous bodily harm with intent and assaulting a person causing them actual bodily harm. In July, he was sentenced to six years for the attack on S/Insp Boyle and 12 months for assault SC Romani, to run concurrently.
After being punched by Hudson, SC Romani was eventually able to disperse the group using CS spray.
But the attack knocked his confidence and he questioned his ability to protect the public.
He admits to having "a brief moment" when he considered leaving - but said the support he received from his colleagues eased his worries.