Why Are Will Still Letting Our Police Down? | Comment
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If you visit our website (emergency-Services.news) and use the search term ‘assaulted on duty‘ you will be met with article after article of stories which we have written involving the serious assaults which have been inflicted upon members of the emergency services and NHS.
Having reported on these stories for nearly 12-months now, and reading the comments which get left on posts sharing the link to these articles via our Facebook page, two things have become clear to us:
- That the vast majority of the general public actually support the police and the hard job they have to do.
- That, most of the time, the sentences being handed down to the individuals who inflict serious injuries upon the men and women who serve are not long enough.
Take, as an example, the Police Officer in Bradford who was assaulted by a male in broad daylight.
During the attack, which was filmed by bystanders, the Officer, PC Oliver, was stabbed in the head with a set of keys which the attacker, Mohammed Nadeem, had in his hand.
Mohammed Nadeem, a convicted sex offender, was sentenced to a total of 18-months in Jail.
But only 8-weeks of this sentence had been ‘allocated’ for the violent assault that Nadeem unleashed upon PC Oliver.
The rest of the sentence was given for dangerous driving, criminal damage and breaching the terms of sexual harm prevention order
The CPS, when deciding upon which charges to bring against Nadeem, decided to opt for the ‘Assault on Police’ charge rather than the more serious Section 20 Assault, the latter of which would have potentially carried a more lengthy custodial sentence upon any subsequent conviction.
The Judge could have technically sentenced Nadeem for up to 26 weeks for the Assault on Police charge alone, but, for some reason, went for the 8-week sentence instead.
But what kind of message does this send to the 125,000-or-so police officers & PCSO’s, up-and-down the country who, at the beginning of each shift, don their uniforms without knowing if they will see their family and friends again?
Don’t get me wrong, there are some Judges out there who do ‘throw the book’ at the individuals who are convicted of assaulting police officers, but why the ‘hit-and-miss’ when it comes to sentencing?
‘We’ ask the police to potentially give their lives in order to protect us. And many have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Surely, the very least we can do, is to make sure that when someone is convicted of assaulting a police officer, then they get the maximum possible sentence?
Do we not owe it to the brave men and women on the thin blue line to honour their dedication to duty by severely punishing anyone who assaults a police officer and, in doing so, causes them (police officers) serious injuries?
Owing to the efforts of some sections of the mainstream media (you know who you are) to try and undermine the image of the police force, it seems that some people think that the police are ‘fair game’. Well, they are not.
Be under no illusion, were it not for the police then this country would not be able to function. Regardless of whether you ‘like’ the police or not, this fact cannot be disputed.
I would put money on the fact that most of the individuals who carry this misguided belief about the police being ‘fair game’ when it comes to their being violently assaulted, would run in the opposite direction at the first sign of any trouble on our streets.
So, for me at least, their ‘anti-police’ sentiment is worthless and is based on a world which they have zero experience of.
But the constant ‘police bashing’ seems to have had the effect of creating a very unsavory atmosphere of not locking up some of the countries most violent criminals for longer periods of time.
And, if you don’t believe me, visit our website and search for ‘assaulted on duty’. There you will find an archive of stories which back up our observations.
Don’t get me wrong, we know that the CPS and the Judiciary have a hard job. With fewer police on the streets, the outcome (you would have thought) was and is inevitable.
But someone needs to have the courage to admit that we do need more prisons. That we do need more police officers.
And that we owe it to the police to make sure that when their blood is spilt, as in the case of PC Oliver, that the very individuals responsible for the spilling of their blood are sent to prison for a very long time…
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