Police officers in Avon & Somerset are quitting their jobs on frontline patrol following a 40 per cent increase in assaults on them in the past year.
Senior officers are calling for greater protection for those dealing with violent offenders after more than 550 attacks - four times the number five years ago.
Chief Constable Andy Marsh has told ITV News he believes sentences for offenders are too soft.
Meanwhile, the Police Federation in Devon & Cornwall is calling for all officers to be armed with high-powered tasers after assaults on police jumped from 521 in 2016 to an unprecedented 822 last year - some 30% of the workforce.
Assaults on Avon and Somerset Police officers:
- 2014-15 - 133
- 2017-18 - 395
- 2018-19 - 566
PC Lesley Ball was assaulted while arresting a man in Bath city centre. She was spat at full in the face and kicked in her jaw.
She says it led her to step away from patrols to join CID.
Avon & Somerset Police Federation Chair, Andy Roebuck, added: "I've got officers when I go to briefings who openly tell me they're discussing which of them is going to be assaulted.
"At times, the outcomes (in court sentencing) aren't matching the crimes."
Assaults on Gloucestershire Constabulary officers:
- 2014-15- 57
- 2018-19 - 207
Assaults on Wiltshire Police officers:
- 2016-17 - 55
- 2017-18 - 103