A police power has stated a “vital quantity” of officers have been assaulted whereas on responsibility on Christmas Day.
No less than 16 officers from Sussex Police have been assaulted, with some being spat at, kicked, punched and bitten – whereas one officer suffered a dislocated shoulder.
The power has stated the incidents have been “utterly unacceptable” and “is not going to be tolerated”.
Twelve of the assaults occurred in West Sussex whereas one other 4 have been in Brighton and Hove.
Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Rayland stated: “Every considered one of these officers has sacrificed spending Christmas with their family members to guard the general public and catch criminals, solely to be on the receiving finish of offences dedicated by a small variety of people.
“We’re lucky to have dedicated law enforcement officials who signed as much as shield weak individuals and make our cities and communities a safer place; they didn’t signal as much as be assaulted, insulted or abused.
“Whereas the overwhelming majority of individuals in Sussex are totally supportive of our officers and our power, there’s a small minority who appear to suppose the legislation doesn’t apply to them.”
He added that any offenders could be handled “robustly”.
Assaults on emergency service staff have risen by nearly a third in contrast with final 12 months, in response to police knowledge.