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'Zero tolerance' policy on attacks against emergency service staff

Police Scotland say attacks won't be tolerated Photo: PA

Police in southern Scotland have announced a 'zero tolerance' policy against attacks on members of the emergency services.

Extra uniformed officers are being trained to use tasers, to reduce the number of incidents and protect staff.

Figures for the period 1st April to 30th September 2018 show that there were 98 reported assaults on emergency services workers.

One in ten assaults reported to police during the festive period was a crime against police, ambulance or fire service workers in 2017.

We are taking a zero tolerance stance against this type of behaviour. Emergency service workers are there to assist and help the public and not to be abused or assaulted, either verbally or physically, in the line of their duty."

– Stuart Davidson, Chief Inspector of Police Scotland