Those individuals who attack serving police officers should receive the harshest possible sentence for their actions in all instances. That’s the considered view of Steve White, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales.
White’s comments follow on from the case of PC Daemon Farry of the Thames Valley Police who, during the pursuit of a petrol thief in Bracknell, was rammed with a car by the guilty party. As a result, PC Farry has had to spend months visiting doctors and enduring physiotherapy sessions to address knee pains while also having to deal will the psychological implications of the ordeal.
The thief, named as Kyle Roberts, was handed an 11-month sentence for his actions by Judge Ian Grainger, suspended for 18 months. Following this sentencing, the Roberts family openly cheered in the public gallery.
“Police officers sacrifice their own safety on a daily basis to ensure the protection of members of the public,” stated White. “It’s right that officers should be protected through the criminal justice system so that they can do their job to the best of their ability while knowing that they’re safeguarded.”
Roberts was also ordered to conduct 200 hours of unpaid work, banned from driving for three years and ordered to surrender a £100 victim surcharge and £300 compensation (to be paid within six months).
The Police Federation is working with the Home Office to establish a better way of understanding the full picture of officer assaults. John Apter, the Federation’s chairman for the Hampshire region, has made exemplary progress to address the issue through his Seven Point Plan which aims to ensure that officers in Hampshire receive the right kind of care and are not simply expected to suffer assaults as ‘part of the job’.
White continued: “The recent assault case involving PC Daemon Farry highlights some of the extreme and dangerous situations officers often face. While the majority of members of the public do respect the police service, there are those few that openly attack and assault officers. That’s simply unacceptable.”
In conclusion, White stated: “There needs to be a clear sentencing deterrent which will warn people of the severe consequences of attacking officers of the law in the future. The Federation is presently working with the Home Office to look at a more robust process of collating national figures on the numbers of assaults carried out on police officers.”
Police Conduct Conference: November 2015
The Police Federation of England and Wales is set to strengthen public trust in police conduct by holding its first annual conference on the matter.
The conference, entitled: ‘Police Conduct – For the Benefit of Policing and the Public – is scheduled to run on Thursday 19 November and Friday 20 November and aims to strengthen public perception and trust in police conduct through the transparent and collaborative working relationships operated by a number of policing organisations and stakeholders. This means that future decisions affecting police conduct will be deliberated by multiple agencies to ensure the best possible outcome for all involved.
Speakers at the event include Vera Baird QC (Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria), Ray Marley of the College of Policing, DCC Simon Chesterman (firearms lead for the Civil and Nuclear Constabulary), Chief Constable Martin Jelley of Warwickshire Police, Nick Hawkins (COO at the Independent Police Complaints Commission) and Assistant Chief Constable Jo Byrne of South Yorkshire Police.
The conference plays host to focused discussions and updates in the following areas:
*Information relating to the College of Policing and, in particular, the consultation on misconduct outcomes, disapproved register and the protection of whistleblowers
*A briefing on counter corruption, including involvement with organised criminality
*A briefing from the IPCC about post-incident procedures, the IPCC Transitional Programme and other matters relating to the IPCC
*Information regarding HMIC’s Integrity Inspection Programme
Richie Jones, secretary of the Police Federation’s Conduct and Performance Sub-Committee, explained: “The conference is a great opportunity for stakeholders associated with the police disciplinary system to network and discuss police conduct and performance. We want to strengthen public perception and trust surrounding the issue of police conduct. That’s exactly why we’re keen to engage organisations from a mixture of disciplines and cement the start of a successful professional relationship that will benefit everyone involved.”
Jones added: “We’re in a unique position where multiple organisations can come together to work transparently and collaboratively to make constructive decisions for the betterment of police conduct and performance in the future.”
*For more information about the event, which is to be held at the Hilton Hotel in Warwick, visit the website