Witnesses needed following racial abuse of PSCO in Knowle

Police are appealing for witnesses after one of their PCSOs was subjected to racist abuse in South Bristol. The officer, who has not been named, was part of an evening patrol in Knowle on Wednesday 28th November.

Police said the male PCSO was dealing with an incident and was then racially abused by another person in Ravenhill Avenue, near Perrett’s Park. Police have set up an investigation and have asked for people in the area at around 7.00pm who saw or heard what happened to get in touch.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote reference number 5218264599.

Senior officers have said they are taking what happened very seriously and will have a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to such incidents.

The incident came at the end of a month of all three blue-light emergency services highlighting the issue of their staff being attacked while performing their duties.

The #Unacceptable campaign had the backing of police, fire and ambulance chiefs in cracking down on people who abuse or assault police officers, firefighters and paramedics.

“Officers put their lives on the line to keep the public safe every day and don’t join the service to be physically or emotionally abused,” said Supt Rhys Hughes, from Avon and Somerset police.

“Emergency services colleagues regularly go to work knowing that they may be assaulted, something you wouldn’t expect in most other professions as part of your job. If you assault our officers, we will bring criminal proceedings against you, which could result in you being imprisoned.

“This year we’ve worked hard to update our internal support process where our officers have been assaulted in the line of duty. We’ve seen an increase in reporting of assaults in the months since its re-launch in the spring and anticipate our figures for the year ending March 2019 to have increased. Whilst our understanding of the scale of assaults has improved, it’s unacceptable for any of our officers to be assaulted. We are united with our blue light colleagues on this issue.”