People in Lincoln were in uproar on hearing a police officer had been subjected to racial abuse six times in just two weeks.
The officer, who has not been named, told his senior Sergeant Dan McCormack that he was “just used to it”.
Disappointed to hear that an officer in Lincoln had been subjected to racist abuse 6 times in 2 weeks since moving to Lincs. Disgusting. Had a welfare chat with him and he said that he is just used to it….offender was arrested #PositiveAction #NotTolerated #NotTheNorm
— Sgt Dan McCormack (@LincsRuralCop) May 17, 2018
Sgt McCormack took to Twitter to condemn the abuse against the officer stating an arrest had been made in relation to the incident.
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones told The Lincolnite: “Racial abuse is a hate crime and can never be justified or tolerated.
“We must always be robust in taking action against these crimes. Whether the victim is a police officer or not makes no difference – the perpetrators should be dealt with via the full force of law.”
Many spoke out in shock, including the force’s rural crime team, who tweeted “Being different is not a crime.”
Another person said: “Absolutely disgraceful the police are subject to abuse in the line of duty. About time you were all protected doing your jobs.”
He shouldn't have to get used to it 😔 just reassure him that the majority of lincs folks are decent people who fully appreciate the work of the police service.
— Emma Naylor (@Ewells85) May 17, 2018
Lincolnshire Police previously spoke out about abuse and assaults against officers.
Some 271 officers and staff were assaulted in Lincolnshire in 2017.
Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Bill Skelly previously condemned the attacks, stating assaults are “never just part of the job”.