Victoria’s top cop and the police union boss have united to battle the appalling lack of respect being shown to their frontline troops.

More than 3000 Victoria Police officers are attacked each year, with a spike in gang bashings and car rammings, police figures reveal.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton and Police Association ­secretary Wayne Gatt are today ­joining with the Herald Sun to launch the Respect The Badge campaign.

“Nobody goes to work expecting to be hit, kicked, spat on and sworn at,” Mr Ashton said yesterday.

“But those things — and worse — are happening all too frequently to police officers.”

Sergeant Gatt said the judiciary was not doing enough to deter ­attacks on police.

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