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Police shortages: 'Working alone left me with PTSD'

Police Federation of England and Wales

The day PC Mick Johnson confronted a knifeman changed his life forever.

Stabbed in the arm in the 2017 incident in Hartlepool, it left him suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He says staff shortages caused by cutbacks left him no choice but to operate alone that day. A Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) survey found nearly 90% of officers say they are under-staffed. The Home Office says it wants to ensure forces have the necessary resources...