photo - The 36 police officers from the 66th police class at the Colorado Springs Police Department Training Academy take their oaths of office Friday, April 14, 2017, during the graduation ceremony at the Village Seven Presbyterian Church. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The 36 police officers from the 66th police class at the Colorado Springs Police Department Training Academy take their oaths of office Friday, April 14, 2017, during the graduation ceremony at the Village Seven Presbyterian Church. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) 

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies in Colorado are increasingly under physical attack, according to new crime statistics, and they blame a number of factors.

A swelling population, an overall increase in crime, more interactions with the mentally ill, rising drug abuse and growing hostility toward police are among the reasons for the increase in assaults cited by law enforcement.

“It’s layer upon layer,” said Steve Johnson, chief deputy at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. 

Assaults against Colorado law enforcement officers increased nearly 42 percent between 2012 and 2016, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s annual crime report.

Read more at denverpost.com.

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