How you can help the campaign
One of the best ways police officers can support the Protect the Protectors campaign is by helping the Federation to build a more accurate picture of the numbers of assaults. This adds weight to our calls for tougher sentences and a wider roll-out of protective equipment.
If you are a police officer and you are assaulted please ensure you report it through your force and speak to your supervisors about any support you may need. All too often officers do not report or record incidents and/or feel they are not taken seriously. However almost every police force in England and Wales has now signed up to an assaults pledge or agreement showing that they take the matter of police assaults seriously.
Pledges generally cover:
- Reporting and recording the incident properly
- Improved training
- A commitment to treating and investigating assaults on police officers and staff as seriously as an assault on a member of the public
- Keeping the officer informed and updated
- Providing support and welfare
- Giving sufficient evidence – as a result of poor evidence or personal statements, cases sent for prosecution too often fail to meet basic evidential needs.
Something that has an impact upon the sentencing process is to ensure you submit a Victim Personal Statement to the court for consideration. Without such a document it is easy for busy courts to take the mistaken view that officers expect and should routinely deal with assaults as part of their job.
The Federation is keen to hear from officers who are willing to speak about their experiences of being assaulted so that we can better inform the public and decision makers about the dangers police officers face. If you are willing to take part in a case study please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online petition - Call to better support emergency services
Today (20 September 2017) we have launched an online petition asking the public to support improved protection for their emergency service workers.
Get behind your emergency service workers – sign the petition here
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