Three West Midlands police officers assaulted a day as the thin blue line is stretched ever thinner

Three police officers a day are assaulted in the course of their duties in the West Midlands Police Service. There has been 586 assaults in the first nine months of 2016, up from 428 assaults in 2012. This comes against the background of a reduction of 2000 police officers in the West Midlands since 2010.

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Speaking before the debate in the House of Commons this afternoon on violence against police officers, Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington and the former Shadow Police Minister said:

'2,000 Police Officers have been cut in the West Midlands since 2010. As the thin blue line is stretched ever thinner, violent crime is up 20%. The police officers who risk life and limb to protect the public have seen a big increase in assaults. Three a day suffer violence like the Officers who ended up in hospital only last weekend protecting a woman attacked by a male offender in West Bromwich. The public value their Police. The Government has let them down.'