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The figure represents an INCREASE in recorded assaults on Police Officers of 39%
Police campaigners have revealed that 1,729 Police Officers were attacked in 2017 (UK) which represents an increase of 39% compared to the previous 12 months.
Federation Reps from West Yorkshire Police Federation said that just under 1,800 Police Officers were assaulted between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018.
This compares to 1,240 Police Officers being assaulted in 16/17, and 362 of those incidents involved a Police Officer being spat at.
Our readers may remember, that the Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, has previously stated that she feels that spit hoods are ‘neither useful or necessary’ (we aren’t sure of what the current Home Secretary’s stance on spit hoods is).
The Police Federation believes that the number of attacks in 16/17 were actually under-reported and are determined to make the changes necessary in order to reduce the number of assaults.
The Police Federation of England and Wales is working with Parliament in relation to the long-overdue Assaults on Emergency Services Workers Bill which will see tougher sentences being handed out to those who attack members of the emergency services – not just the Police, but ALL parts of the emergency services.
The new legislation aims to give Judges greater powers to impose longer & tougher sentences on those convicted of attacking or threatening 999 staff.
Nick Smart, Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “the underlying issue is officers are STILL being assaulted in record numbers.
“At the moment, there is no deterrent.
“Our Officers have better equipment and are better trained, but they are getting assaulted almost every day because there is no deterrent.
“Officers don’t feel they are protected enough and have no faith in the criminal justice process.
“They feel that the sanctions at court are derisory and many of them don’t bother reporting assaults in the first place.
“We want to address this through tougher sentences, which will see an increase in custodial sentences from six months to twelve months for people who assault emergency workers.
“Hopefully, that will be a deterrent.
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Having served in the Metropolitan Police myself, I have seen with my own eyes the sort of savage attacks which the brave men and women on the #ThinBlueLine endure on a daily basis.
And yet, papers such as The Guardian, The Sun & The Daily Mail seem constantly to only ever report on negative stories in relation to the Police.
We mention these papers in particular, as they were voted for by our readers as being the most likely to publish a negative story about the emergency services.
This practice, in my own humble opinion, clearly creates an environment where too many people see the Police as ‘fair game’ when it comes to physically assaulting Police Officers who put their own lives on the line in order to try and save and protect the lives of others.
I have always wondered as to whether or not the Editors of these papers have ever actually needed the help of the Police during their darkest moments..?
Have they ever, for example, returned home, to find a masked gunman in their premises?
Have they ever had their child go missing and needed to call the Police in sheer panic as they try to search for their loved-one?
Have they ever been involved in a serious road traffic accident and been trapped in their burning car only to be freed by a Police Officer who was the first emergency services on scene?
Have they ever looked out of their window at night only to see a masked knifeman staring back at them? Have they ever been caught up in an unprovoked altercation on the street, where they have been outnumbered by a group of savages only to be saved from serious injury by a lone Police Officer?
I am guessing that the answer to the above questions is probably going to be a ‘no’. Because if they had, then surely they would better understand the difficult and dangerous job of being a Police Officer?
It is easy to pass judgement on a job that you have zero understanding of, as if often the case with the civilian press.
NO organisation is perfect. Whether its the Police or the civilian press.
But why only concentrate on the negative stories, whilst knowing that doing such can put the lives of the brave men and women on the #ThinBlueLine in danger? The constant flood of negative stories, in my opinion, undermines the role of the Police.
Whether you love the Police or loath them, then anyone with an ounce of common sense understands that WE need the Police more they need us. Without the Police, society would not function. That is a fact.
So if you are not a part of the solution, then you really are a part of the problem.
In my experience, there are only two types of people who do not support the Police and the essential work which they do; criminals and people who have been brought up free from the effects of crime…
Written by one of the many Admins of Emergency Services Humour on Facebook, who is also a regular blogger in our popular fortnightly digital magazine, S__ts & Giggles.
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