PCC welcomes harsher sentences for offenders who assault emergency service workers
A NEW law which will hand out tougher sentences for offenders who assault emergency service workers cannot come soon enough says the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
PCC Marc Jones wrote to all the county’s MPs urging support of the new Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill earlier this year.
The new law passed a third reading in the House of Lords last week and now awaits Royal Assent. It will double the sentences courts can impose on offenders.
And the harsher punishments are desperately needed, said Mr Jones, as Lincolnshire Police revealed that 90 officers have been assaulted already this year.
PCC Marc Jones said: “Attacks on the women and men who put their lives in the line to keep us safe are despicable and the Government deserve credit for helping the legislation get to this point.
“The quicker this Bill can get Royal Assent the quicker our courts can hand out the kind of tough punishments that send a clear message these attacks on front-line officers will not be tolerated.
“If we are to keep our communities safe then we must protect those who protect us.”
Mr Jones comments come as Chief Constable Bill Skelly praised the work of officers in the county for putting themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis, having made statements in support of the 90 officers who have been assaulted whilst on duty so far in 2018.
The statements are made by the Chief Constable whenever one of his officers is assaulted, to detail to the judiciary the potential impact of an assault on the officer, their family, friends, colleagues, the force, and society as a whole.
Chief Constable Bill Skelly said: “While I am happy to demonstrate my commitment, it saddens me that I have had to write statements in support of 90 officers, PCSOs and staff members so far. That’s 90 victims from within Lincolnshire Police, some of whom were assaulted two or three times in various incidents, just for doing their job.
“I have been heartened with some of the court results, with several people having received prison sentences or suspended sentences in aggravated cases, and others having received community orders or rehabilitation orders.
“On behalf of myself and the other Chief Officers at the force, I want to thank the serving officers of Lincolnshire for putting themselves in harm’s way to keep Lincolnshire safe.”
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