I’m not one of those people who think being a police officer is just like any other job. It’s one of the rare professions where getting assaulted, and risking serious harm, is a regular part of the job.
The Police annual report notes attacks on police officers are at a ten year high and there are now an average six assaults a day.
And Greg O’Connor is probably right that the increase in substance abuse is why so many people now try to bash the Police, rather than accept arrest etc.
I’ve got a hell of a lot of respect for any frontline Officer. Knowing you will get assaulted 10 – 20 times in your career is not exactly an incentive.