On Reporting Scotland tonight:
Police officers had to take more than 6 000 days off work after being assaulted during the pandemic, according to figures from Police Scotland. The Scottish Conservatives who obtained the figures from a freedom of information request, said the Scottish Government has failed to keep officers safe. The Scottish Government said assaults of police officers are completely unacceptable.
The number of days off is up but we don’t get to hear how many officers were assaulted or how many assaults there were. Down?
There are 17 283 police officers in Scotland for a population of 5.4 million.
They work around 200 days per year so, together they work around 3 456 600 days per year.
6 487 were lost recovery from assaults. That’s 0.18%. Is that a lot for a profession involved in dealing with offences?
One way of protecting police officers is to make sure there are enough of them. Is the track record of Conservatives in government good in this respect?
There are approximately 135 301 police officers in England and Wales. With a population of 59 million, nearly 12 times greater, England & Wales should have 207 000. With officer cuts from the time of Theresa May, the UK Conservative Government has failed to keep officers safe.