A force has called for a â€œlengthyâ€ custodial sentence after a criminal kicked an officer so hard he broke his knee-cap and left him with potentially life changing injuries.
PC Darren Harris (46) was on sick leave for four months and restricted duties for a further 13 months after being kicked by Joseph Lohan (20).
The Humberside officer, who suffered a fractured kneecap while trying to apprehend Lohan, is making progress but his injury could be permanent and he may no longer be able to carry out active police duties.
He has also undergone an arthroscopy operation to improve the state of the knee, Humberside Police Federation said.
Lohan admitted grievous bodily harm with intent to resist or prevent lawful apprehension, and possession of heroin with intent to supply at Hull Crown Court.
He is due to be sentenced on September 16 while medical reports are prepared about PC Harrisâ€™ condition.
Lohan, who was remanded in custody, is likely to face a longer sentence if a consultant confirms the injury as permanent.
Superintendent Mark Johansson, Head of Policing Operations for the City of Hull division, called for an appropriate sentence.
He said: â€œAny offender who assaults a police officer who is acting in the line of duty can expect to face serious consequences.
â€œIn this case the officer sustained very serious, potentially life changing injuries and I would welcome a lengthy custodial sentence.â€
The court heard the injury had left PC Harris partially disabled but the report was filed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the medical reports are now being prepared.
The Chairman of Humberside Police Federation, John Blanchard, said PC Harris was on attachment to CID at the time of the incident in January 2012 â€“ and is still on a path to becoming a detective constable.
He said the officer, who joined the Police Service in 2003, was feeling more positive about his prognosis and hoped to move forward regardless. He has recently been fulfilling â€œlightâ€ tasks as a result of his injury.
Mr Blanchard said: â€œWe are in the unknown camp until we get the consultantâ€™s report.
â€œHe (PC Harris) knows it is a lot better than it was, but it is still not 100 per cent.
â€œHe is obviously disappointed that he is suffering an injury that is potentially impacting on his career but he has still got a career â€“ it is something that no one should have to put up with but it is something that can happen to officers.â€
PC Harris had been dispatched to an area of Hull in a patrol car, alongside a colleague, after Lohan was suspected of dealing drugs.
Lohan climbed into a car and drove away though the officers continued to follow him before later stopping the vehicle. The suspect then wriggled free from the officers and ran off before being found sitting on a grass verge.
But when he attempted to run off again, PC Harris tried to detain him and Lohan kicked him hard â€“ injuring him.
Mr Blanchard added: â€œI deplore Lohanâ€™s actions â€“ it was clearly an intentional act to assault the officer, causing significant injury.
â€œI applaud the bravery of the officer and this shows the risks that officers take in protecting the public every day.â€
From Police Oracle