A police car was vandalised with the words ‘pig scum’ spray-painted across the bonnet.
Officers arrested two men in their 30s after the parked vehicle was found with smashed windows and covered in graffiti.
The damage was part of a series of attacks in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset in the early hours of Monday, police said.
Officers have described the crimes as ‘disappointing’, particularly given the hard work of officers around the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
The two men, aged 31 and 32, were detained on suspicion of criminal damage but have since been released under investigation.
The older man was also arrested on suspicion of burglary and two public order offences.
He was taken into custody where he was subsequently arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer after allegedly biting one of them.
The officer did not sustain an injury and was able to continue their shift.
DC Carolyn Olsen said: ‘At a time when the overwhelming majority of people are showing their appreciation for the work of the emergency services, it is all the more disappointing to learn one of our own vehicles has been targeted and damaged in this way.’