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Growing number of assaults on emergency service workers in our region

Don't Cross the Line campaign Credit: Humberside Police

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, East Midlands Ambulance Service and Yorkshire Ambulance Service have joined forces to launch the ‘Don’t Cross the Line’ campaign.

The campaign aims to reduce the number of assaults on emergency services workers. Recorded attacks include workers on duty being punched, kicked, spat at, verbally abused and even bitten.

In a 12 month period almost 1,000 Humberside Police officers were assaulted while out doing their jobs.

Humberside police have released the below dashcam footage showing the moment one of their officers suffered serious leg injuries when a burglar drove at him in a car during an incident in Hull.

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Humberside Police officers assaulted in the line of duty from January 2018 to December 2019

Whilst we are the police and we do expect to run towards danger, it is not acceptable that we – or any of our colleagues in the other emergency services - experience violence whilst doing our job, and we must take a stand against this.

“The levels of violence we’re experiencing can at times be extremely serious, and the personal impact on those assaulted should not be underestimated.

“Police officers and staff are all real people with families. Every one of those injured is a mother, father, son, daughter or grandparent. They are victims of crime the same as anyone is, and their physical and mental wellbeing is affected by such experiences.

“I have to protect my officers and staff, and every bit of support available will be given to anyone who is assaulted at work.”

– Chief Constable Lee Freeman

The campaign supports the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018, which sees a jail term of 12 months being handed to those who assault emergency services workers and aims to highlight the impact on emergency services staff.