08 Aug 8th August 2019
Three Scottish Police Federation reps have taken part in a 180 mile cycling challenge through the Western Isles to raise money for local charities.
James Thomson, Gordon Milne and Neil Cameron donned their lycra at the start line in the Butt of Lewis on July 10.
The trio were part of a 50 strong group of riders, including other representatives from the emergency services, who completed the three day ride which finished in Barra.
As there are no SPF reps based on the islands, the group decided to pay visits to all the police stations on the route including Stornoway, Tarbet, Lochmaddy and Balivanich.
They used the opportunity to listen to any concerns or comments police officers on the islands had about the challenges and benefits of rural policing.
New figures revealing the number of assaults on the police in Fife are the “tip of the iceberg” according to the Scottish Police Federation.
Officers have been attacked 281 times in the Kingdom since the formation of the national force in June 2013. There were 45 incidents in 2016-17, 63 in 2017-18 and 55 in 2018-19.
Andy Malcolm, chair of the east area at the Scottish Police Federation, said: “We believe these figures are just the tip of the iceberg. I would suggest that there is a massive underreporting of assaults and violence towards police.”
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