People assaulting police continuing problem in Cornwall: chief

(Newswatch Group/File)

CORNWALL – Cornwall Police Chief Dan Parkinson expressed “disappointment” with an ongoing trend of officers being struck or attacked on the job.

Parkinson drew attention to the problem while reviewing crime statistics from 2014 in the Cornwall Community Police Annual Report.

A copy was reviewed by the police board Tuesday.

There were 27 assaults on police in 2014, up from 24 in 2013 and Parkinson said the trend “continued this year…we are monitoring (it) quite closely.”

Most of the other 21 crime indicators were down in 2014 from the year before.

“We are trying to make sense of what might be driving that,” Parkinson told the board.

Someone found guilty of assaulting a police officer can face up to five years in prison.

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