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Injured West Yorkshire officers on the road to recovery

Police lineTwo West Yorkshire Police officers injured in the line of duty – one who was knocked out – are on the road to recovery, the federation has said.

Both officers were from the Wakefield district but they were hurt in separate nighttime incidents on Saturday 30 August.

A 44-year-old female officer was knocked unconscious, suffering an injury to her hand and swelling and bruising to the eye and cheek bone, after attending an address in the Eastmoor area of Wakefield to a report of a domestic incident. A 24-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assault and released on bail.

Then later the same evening, a 36-year-old female officer was injured when she attended a 999 call requesting police assistance in the Featherstone area. She suffered cuts and swelling to the side of the face. A 27-year-old man has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm in relation to this incident.

Nick Smart, chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said both officers are on the “road to recovery”.

He said: “This just underlines the dangerous nature of the job police officers do. These officers were assaulted and we are very lucky their injuries were not more significant. It underlines our mantra that there is no such thing as a routine call. All calls carry inherent dangers.

“Officer assaults are up at West Yorkshire Police [609 officers were assaulted in the last financial year, 241 in the year before that]. Yes we have got better training and equipment but we need to look at officer numbers and the single crewing policy that can make officers more vulnerable. Officer welfare has to be at the core of everything we do.”

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: ”My primary concern is the welfare of the injured officers and I wish them both a speedy recovery. Thankfully incidents such as this are rare but this does not excuse the completely unacceptable nature of these attacks which pale in comparison to the bravery shown by the officers.”

He added: “We all must recognise the courage and selflessness demonstrated by officers and staff every single day to ensure the safety of the public. I want to thank all of them for their dedication and commitment in keeping our communities safe and feeling safe.

Wakefield Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Simon Whitehead said: “My staff do an amazing job in protecting communities and supporting those most vulnerable in our communities.

“Having spoken to both officers, they are both keen to continue to working with our communities as soon as they can. To me this attitude is what makes policing in West Yorkshire first class and I continue to be incredibly proud of my staff and the work they do, despite the risks that they take and on occasion the injuries that they sustain.”

Date posted: September 12, 2014

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