Polegate MP Says #ProtectTheProtectors

Saturday 11th February 2017

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A campaign calling for tougher sentences for those who assault emergency service workers has been supported by Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield.

Supported by the Police Federation, the campaign also calls for better training and access to equipment, more accurate data on police assaults and improved welfare support.

Nationally and at a local level, via the Federation’s Parliamentary Working Group, work has been ongoing to raise serious concerns around police assaults and new figures estimate that an assault of some description on a police officer happens every four minutes.

Earlier today in an important boost for the campaign the Labour MP for Halifax, Holly Lynch, put a Ten Minute Rule Bill before the Commons, which called for tougher sentencing on those who assault police and other emergency workers.

Showing her support, Maria said, “Having worked within the NHS for over twenty years, I am well aware of the pressures often being faced by frontline staff across our emergency services, and welcome both the ‘Protect The Protectors’ campaign and Holly Lynch’s 10 Minute Rule Motion in the Commons.

“I am glad to have been able to meet with members of the Police Federation in Parliament recently to hear their concerns, and will be supporting this Bill to provide them with the protections that they need and deserve.”

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