As police officers report being spat at and coughed on in coronavirus related offences, deputy chief constable warns such attacks will not be tolerated
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More than 100 coronavirus-related attacks and threats aimed at police officers and staff have been recorded by Police Scotland.
In some instances between 24 March and 18 April, officers and staff have also been spat at or coughed on and threats of deliberate transmission.
Police are engaging with the public, explaining physical distancing requirements, encouraging people to comply with the law and using enforcement where necessary.
Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor said: "Police officers and staff are playing a vital role as we all make the changes and sacrifices needed to protect the NHS and save lives.
"I'd like to thank the vast majority of our communities for their co-operation and support as we all contribute to the national effort to curtail the spread of coronavirus.
"Those doing the right thing will agree these sorts of attacks on our officers and staff are outrageous and disgraceful.
"Abuse and assault is not simply part of the job for police officers and staff and will not be tolerated.
"The Chief Constable and Lord Advocate have made it clear that those engaging in this behaviour will be dealt with robustly by Scotland's prosecution service.
"Threatening a member of Police Scotland personnel, or any other emergency service worker, while they are carrying out their duties to keep the public safe will result in immediate arrest.
"On the occasions where such incidents have occurred we have seen a very supportive approach from sheriffs across the country and in some instances, offenders have been remanded in custody."
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