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MP says more must be done to tackle assaults on Police Officers

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has called on the government to take steps to keep Police Officers safe from attacks after an event in Parliament which highlighted the shocking extent of the problem.

During the ‘Protect the Protectors’ event in Parliament Mr Perkins met with members of the Police Federation and serving Police Officers to discuss the latest assault figures and discuss how violence towards the police affected their ability to protect their communities.

The most recent Home Office figures on police officer assaults are for the financial year 2015/16. They show that there were approximately 23,000 assaults on Police Officers with over 400 assaults in Derbyshire alone.

However even this is thought to be an underestimate as the Home Office believe that many assaults go unreported. In addition some police forces do not collect data recording the total number of assaults meaning that the national figures provide an incomplete picture of the situation.Photography by Jason Bye t: 07966 173 930 e: mail@jasonbye.com w: http://www.jasonbye.com

Nick Smart, chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, which represents police officers said:

“An assault on a police officer is an assault on society and more needs to be done to keep them safe.”

“Officers accept the risk and the public also understand the dangers of the job, but the amount of assaults taking place is alarming,”

Toby Perkins said:

“Today’s campaign is about asking the Home office to record all instances of assaults on officers. This will enable us to really understand the scale of the problem, and do something about it.

We are also calling for tougher sentences for those who assault the police. The courts must be able to provide a strong deterrent against attacks on our front line officers.”

 

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