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News Release: Online petition calls for better protection for emergency service workers

  • Posted On 20 Sep 2017

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    Steve Grange, Secretary of the West Midlands Police Federation, issued the following statement: -

     

    Hard on the heels of the West Midlands Police Federation’s ongoing Cuts Have Consequences campaign an online petition will be launched today (Wednesday 20 September) by the Police Federation of England and Wales asking the public to support improved protection for their emergency service workers. 

     

    The launch coincides with Day 1 of the Emergency Services Show in Birmingham and aims to show how much support there is for emergency service workers as part of the Federation’s Protect the Protectors campaign.

     

    The campaign is pushing for a change in legislation to impose tougher sentences on those who assault an emergency service worker.  It is hoped that this will act as a strong deterrent in light of a currently unaccepted level of violence as it is estimated that an assault on a police officer takes place every four minutes.

     

    “We hope that as many people as possible will sign the petition, particularly since a Private Members’ Bill calling for better legal and practical protections for police officers and other emergency service workers is currently making its way through Parliament,” says Steve Grange, secretary of West Midlands Police Federation which represents the Force’s constables, sergeants and inspecting ranks.

     

    “We have written to our own region’s MPs asking them to get behind the police service and if people sign the online petition perhaps more of our representatives in Parliament will feel compelled to speak out in support of us.”

     

    The issue has already been heard in the House of Commons via a Private Members’ Bill, raised by Chris Bryant MP - a second reading of the Bill is due to take place on 20 October. 

     

    Mr Bryant says that assaults on the people we rely on most “is plain unacceptable and we politicians must do everything in our power to try and curb this spiral of violence against emergency workers”.

     

    Mr Bryant went on to say: “I hope this won’t mean lots more people will go to prison, but that people will think long and hard before attacking an emergency worker.  We have to stop the violence.  We have to protect the protectors.  Write to your MP to tell them to be in Parliament on 20 October to back our Bill.”

     

    Calum Macleod, vice chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, will be presenting the campaign at the Emergency Services Show tomorrow (Thursday).  He said:  “The change that we are asking for will really make a difference, not only for police officers, but also for our emergency service colleagues who are out there doing a very tough job in extremely difficult circumstances.

     

    “These are the people we all rely on and they deserve our support and a change in the law so that they are better protected. By taking the campaign to the Emergency Services Show we can spread the word with a view to working more collaboratively with our blue light colleagues to effect the change that is so badly needed.”

     

    You can get behind your emergency service workers – sign the petition here.

    Steve Grange JBB Secretary

    West Midlands Police Federation

     
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