Police have revealed that just over 10 officers were assaulted in 2020 across the Three Rivers district as the force reports an increase in offences against officers over the past year.
In a Freedom of Information request made by MyLocalNews, Hertfordshire Police revealed that in during 2020 two police officers were assaulted with injury and 11 assaulted without injury in Three Rivers.
In comparison to other nearby areas across Hertfordshire, across Watford 10 officers were assaulted with injury last year and 32 without injury.
Chief Superintendent Richard Liversidge, from the Local Policing Command, said: “Offences against Hertfordshire’s police officers and staff have increased further in the last year and the constabulary continues to take steps to protect our officers, bring offenders of such offences to justice and ensure long term welfare of our officers and staff.
“Offences of this kind are an affront to the whole community and cannot be tolerated.
“Our teams have been working hard to protect the community, made even more challenging since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, prioritising public safety above their own and delivering a full police service in the most challenging circumstances. I am incredibly proud of them and the resilience they show every day.
“It is never acceptable for police officers, staff or any other emergency worker to be assaulted while performing their duties, so I am pleased to see a number of persons charged with criminal offences and in some instances receiving custodial sentences for such assaults on those working to keep communities safe.
“Such behaviour will not be tolerated and we will not hesitate to take immediate action against anyone who behaves in this manner.”