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PCC supports call for tougher sentencing for assaults on emergency service workers

The PCC has called for 'strong Government support' for the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill being discussed by Parliament today.

The private members bill would double the maximum sentence for assaults on on-duty police, ambulance crews and firefighters.

In a joint letter with Norfolk's Chief Constable, the PCC writes: "Assaults against officers and staff should not be 'just a part of the job' and we retain admiration for any officer that exposes themselves to the danger that comes with working on the frontline.

"Assaults not only affect the individual concerned, but have a detrimental effect on the Constabulary's sickness levels... Notwithstanding the emotional and welfare impact these absences have on individual officers, the levels of absence also impact on colleagues both in absorbing the impact of the absence and maintaining the service that the public expect and deserve from Norfolk Police.

"The national trend in increased assaults is reflected in our county. We believe that stronger sentencing would be both appropriate to the gravity of the offence and send a strong deterrent signal."

There were 333 recorded assaults against police officers in Norfolk in the six months to 12 November 2017.

Following its discussion in a public bill committee today, the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill will proceed to report stage.

To more information, or to follow progress of the Bill, please visit the Parliament website.