An incident at work on Thursday morning, has genuinely left me perplexed and wondering what the public perception is, when a Police officer is assaulted and subsequently injured on duty. Without going into the details of an ongoing investigation, the above happened to me and as a result I am now sat at home, in a leg brace, with badly damaged ACL, medial and lateral ligament damage to my knee, which will see me off work for a minimum of 8-12 weeks. I will probably also need surgery to correct the damage. Whilst in hospital yesterday, one of the nursing staff commented “ah well, it’s all part of the job isn’t it!” which, coming from an emergency services colleague, pissed me off to say the least! This got me thinking- is that what people genuinely think? That’s is acceptable for Police officers to be assaulted because “it’s part of the job” This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this sort of comment, when colleagues have been hurt previously and it really does annoy me to think that people (not all obviously) think it is acceptable. Would that same person have said the same had it been a paramedic/firefighter/school teacher? We all do the job knowing that there’s an element of risk and that, occasionally, people will get hurt/injured, however this incident was not an “accident”, it was viscous and deliberate assault. If anyone else was assaulted/injured at work, for example in a shop/office/factory etc, would the public perception be the same?