3000 working days lost due to violence towards police

Figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats have revealed the devastating knock-on effect of violence waged against police forces. Using Freedom of Information requests, Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has found that over 3000 working days were lost in the past three years due to assaults on police officers and staff.

Commenting on the figures, Ms McInnes said:

“It is harrowing to know that our police force has to deal with violent assaults in their day-to-day work. Our figures show that this has a devastating knock-on effect on the performance of our police forces. Every working day lost due to injury from assault is a day lost protecting our communities and keeping our streets safe.

“In the past three years over 3000 working days have been lost due to injuries sustained in assaults on police officers and staff. In Strathclyde alone this has cost the police force over £260,000.

“Those who commit the disgraceful act of attacking our police forces are not just upsetting the lives of police officers and their families – they are hampering the abilities of police forces to serve communities effectively. We already know that police forces face falling budgets and will have to manage their resources more effectively when the single force comes into operation.

“People are extremely proud of Scotland’s police forces. Many will agree that these figures are a national shame which must not be allowed to pass unchallenged.”