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"These attacks leave their marks physically and mentally"

norfolk police officer injured in king's lynn

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 12:56pm 14th September 2018.

They were assaulted more than 500 times on Norfolk's streets last year.

But now those people who attack police officers and other emergency service workers will face tougher sentences.

It's now punishable by up to 12 months in prison.

tweet from ministry of justice

 

Andy Symonds, Chair Norfolk Police Federation said:

"This has come after an incredible amount of hard work and lobbying by the all of the local branches of the Federation around the country and the national Federation.

Being assaulted - whether you are a police officer, firefighter, prison officer or paramedic - must never be seen as part of the job and the sentences should be harsher.

Whilst we didn't get everything that we wanted in this Bill, it is a start and a significant improvement on what we had. We welcome it but our journey to 'protect the protectors' hasn't finished - we will continue to lobby toensure that when our members and other emergency services are assaulted, those responsible are given harsher sentences than they have in the past."

norfolk police officer injured in king's lynn
A Norfolk Police Officer was taken to the QE after he was kneed in the face during an arrest in april

 

In 2016/17 390 Norfolk officers were assaulted.

In 2017/18 a total of 515  were assaulted, which represents an extra 125 officers assaulted and equals a 32% rise.

Physical and verbal assaults on police officers are sadly now commonplace.

andy symmonds
Andy Symonds, Chair Norfolk Police Federation

 

Incidents are often under-reported and historically it has been difficult to determine the scale of the issue and national picture.

Andy continued: 

"Officer's families are simply fed up of their loved ones returning home with injuries having been assaulted at work.

I've spoken to officers who've had to tell their children a different account of how they came about their injuries as they don't want them to worry or get upset.

Officers are fed up of turning up for duty in an ever demanding job, working hard to protect the community only to be punched, kicked, scratched, head-butted and spat at.

Officers want protection in the form of a deterrent from the courts when they sentence offenders.

Unfortunately we have experienced an increase in the level of violence shown towards officers; recently we have had an officers suffer broken fingers, arms and noses in attacks.

Other injuries include black eyes, bruising and concussion.

These attacks leave their marks physically and mentally."
Our officers are not robots; they are human beings who wear a uniform with pride to protect the vulnerable, keep people safe and in doing so put their own safety and mental wellbeing at risk. They are also someone's sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers."

 

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