Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has called for Police Officer numbers to be boosted and for strong sentences against those who assault public servants in a parliamentary debate today (Wednesday 2nd November).
Speaking in a debate on Police Officer safety called by the Labour party, Justin argued that “the thin blue line keeps getting thinner, which threatens the safety of not only the public, but also the men and women working all hours to protect us.”
Justin revealed that in Cheshire, there were 442 recorded assaults on officers in 2015/16, which equates to 1 in every 4.5 officers being assaulted during the year. In England and Wales as a whole, there are estimated to be 23,000 assaults on Police Officers each year.
Worrying research recently reported in the media stated that in Cheshire during a night shift on Saturday 9th April 2016, 94 officers were on duty, which equates to just one officer per 11,100 people. Similar figures were reported in many other areas of the country.
Commenting, Justin said:
“I want to send the message out to the Police and to other public servants that we know they are doing a very difficult job, which is sometimes very dangerous and that we value them. An attack on a Police Officer is an attack on society as a whole, so we need the full force of the law to be used against those who would use violence against them
“The experience of Police Officers I have heard from is similar to that in the NHS and other areas of the public sector, where cuts to numbers are leaving services stretched to breaking point. Sadly, in the case of the Police this can leave them particularly vulnerable and we owe it to them to ensure that they can carry out their role safely.
“All of us hope that we will never need to rely on help from the Police, but we also expect that if we do, they will be able to respond quickly and effectively. I’m determined to ensure that budgets are protected in future to ensure that the Police are there when we need them.”
To watch Justin's speech, click here: http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/ea02bdf2-6876-4fd1-bf87-4368aaf21d85?in=18:34:22&out=18:37:50