Vandals smashed the windscreen of a police car while officers were responding to a report of a burglary.
They were called to a flat on Park Green, Normanton, just after 9pm on Saturday, February 15.
While the officers were inside dealing with the incident, the windscreen of one of their cars was smashed.
Sgt Alex Macleod, of the Normanton and Featherstone neighbourhood police team (NPT), said: “The police car was out of action for hours until the screen could be replaced by Auto Glass on Sunday morning.
“This mindless damage prevented us from being able to do our actual job which is protecting the public.
“We were left with one less car to respond to serious incidents the community call us out for such as assaults where someone’s life could be at risk.”
Two police cars and an ambulance were called to the report of a burglary, but it turned out to be a false alarm.
Sgt Macleod said: “We believe the damage was inflicted using a brick or some other heavy object.
“But what was confusing was nothing was left at the scene.
“I urge anyone with information to contact the NPT. And I would like to remind people that incidents of this kind have a big impact on the police and the community.”
Anyone with any information about the incident should contact the Normanton and Featherstone NPT on 101 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.