Demands by Maria Caulfield MP to give Sussex Police officers more protection in and out of the job through a Police Covenant moved a step closer to becoming reality as an eight-week consultation into the change got underway.
Maria Caulfield MP campaigned for Government to introduce the Covenant – a measure which it adopted last summer.
Maria Caulfield MP said: “I am delighted officers in Sussex will soon have added protection through the Covenant. Policing is a dangerous job and officers are putting their lives on the line daily to protect our communities and we owe it to them to show we appreciate the risks they take in keeping us safe.”
The consultation was announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel and will seek views of police officers, families and stakeholders on how best to protect the physical health and wellbeing of police officers, as well as how best to recognise them publicly for their bravery and hard work.
Blue Collar Conservatives also wants sentences increased for anyone found guilty of assaulting a police officer. As it stands a 12 month sentence can be given under the crime of assaulting an emergency worker – a sentence doubled by Government last year.
Across England and Wales there were 31,000 assaults in 2018/19 of which 10,400 resulted in injury. It means there were around 26 assaults for every 100 officers on duty in that year based on full time-equivalent officers.
The consultation can be found at www.gov.uk/government/consultations/police-covenant-for-england-and-wales