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Scottish Fed demands body cameras after nearly 7,000 officer assaults

The Scottish Police Federation has called for all of its officers to be given body-worn video Police Scotland revealed staff had suffered nearly 7,000 assaults in the past year.

Thousands of Police Scotland officers have been assaulted during the past year, the force has revealed.

The force revealed a total of 6,942 recorded assaults on officers and staff, 413 more than the year before, an increase of 6.3% year on year.

That’s equivalent for more than a third of officers and more than 1,000 of those incidents were linked to COVID-19.

The total is up 18% on the five year average, continuing a long-term trend of increases.

The Scottish Police Federation called for all officers to be given Body Worn Video (BWV) to help secure convictions.

The Scottish Police Federation called for all officers to be given Body Worn Video (BWV) to help secure convictions.

The data comes less than nine months after Chief Constable Iain Livingstone pledged to work with the Justice Secretary and Scottish Police Federation to bring the numbers down.

During the last year, the force has established an enhanced Operational Safety Training programme which increases the annual refresher course from one day to two days and introduces new techniques and de-escalation tactics.

New guidance for officers and staff has also been published to support better reporting of health and safety incidents and assaults.

Last week, the force called for all officers to be given Tasers to tackle violent offenders.

It has now pledged to equip armed officers with body worn video cameras this year – 500 in total - and will start a national consultation with the public in the summer about providing BWV cameras to more officers and staff right across Scotland.

Deputy Chief Constable, People and Professionalism, Fiona Taylor said: “Tackling the concerning trend of increasing assaults on officers and staff is a priority for Police Scotland.

“It causes physical and psychological harm to dedicated public servants. There is also a cost to the public purse through days lost to ill-health or personal injury claims.

“We will continue to work to better understand how we prevent violence and abuse against officers and staff, what impact it has on our colleagues, and how we can better support them to do their job.”

The force has had to deal with a series of violent political protests over the past year and earlier this month officers had to intervene when football hooligans in Glasgow clashed.

General Secretary of the Scottish Police Federation, Callum Steele, has already warned that the force faces a summer of “difficulty and disorder” and condemned the delay in getting BWV for all officers.

He said: “Every police officer in England and Wales enjoys the protection of BWVs, and that just 500 being rolled out is being trumpeted like it’s lottery win strikes at the heart of the lack of ambition for the needs of a 21st century, modern police service.”

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