Good news or bad news?

Only one in four criminals jailed for attacking police officers, Home Secretary reveals

Only one in four criminals attack police officers and therefore are jailed for it? Or only one in four criminals who do attack officers is jailed for it?

11 comments on “Good news or bad news?

  1. “The Assaults on Emergency Workers Act, which was brought in earlier this year, doubles the maximum sentence available from six to 12 months in prison for criminals found guilty of assaulting a police officer of other emergency workers.

    But Priti Patel, the new Home Secretary, said early indications were that the law was having little effect…”

    Just like the upgraded Dangerous Dogs Act then?

    Laws by themselves make not a jot of difference, if the will to use them isn’t there.

  2. Not just the will to use them. It’s catching criminals, preferably at the time, the seeing swiftly sentenced to real prison time that deters wronguns.

    Like a nuclear deterrent, the justice deterrent needs to be credible, not just old left wing clock radios strapped to a damp squib.

  3. Only one in four criminals attack police officers and therefore are jailed for it? Or only one in four criminals who do attack officers is jailed for it?

    It’s unambiguous if you think through the word order. Might I refer you to the opening verses of Matthew 7?

  4. Controversial view: I’m not entirely clear why assault on a police officer should be any more likely to result in imprisonment than assault on someone else, particularly as the majority of such cases are unlikely to be “man sneaks up on police officer in order to attack them” and more likely to be “man in a bit of a state thrashes out while being arrested”. I’m not saying the latter is a good thing or to be encouraged, just that it seems disproportionate to jail someone for it given the range, severity and degree of intent in many other offences that only very rarely result in prison sentences.

    I believe some police bodies are seeking imprisonment to be made mandatory in cases of assault on officers. I’d like body-cams to be compulsory first of such a change to the law is made.

  5. I’d like body-cams to be compulsory first of such a change to the law is made.

    I thought they already were, but to protect officers. In cases where citizens have made allegations against police officers, body-cams mysteriously turn out to be ‘out of order’ during the incident in quite significant and surprising numbers.

  6. @Rob

    They’re common but not compulsory, and there is the separate issue (as you allude to) of whether they should be “always on”.

  7. The quickest and best solution would be to go back to recruiting 6’ft rugby players and turning a blind eye to the bruises found on unruly and benevolent law breakers.

  8. MyBurningEars said:
    “I’d like body-cams to be compulsory first of such a change to the law is made.”

    Tougher law can only be used if full body-cam evidence is presented in court?

    But I’m not sure why assaulting a police officer should have a higher penalty than assaulting a member of the public who the police are supposed to protect.

  9. Nurses face a higher rate of work place violence than police, yet we hear very little about that and very little is done about it.

  10. And, of those who do attack police officers, how many were being arrested for charges so much more serious that the cops/prosecutors didn’t think adding in the assault charge was worth it.

    And how many attacks on police officers are of the ‘he bruised my fist with his nose’ type?

  11. @MBE September 10, 2019 at 9:30 am

    +1

    Assault or any other crime should not be “worse” because it’s religous, sex, colour, job etc

    Blair started this slippery slope and BluLab have continued instead of reversed this and many other Blair law abominations.

    Laws like this encourage division in society.

    .
    Mr Johnson – want a big cheer? Bring back Royal Tournament – as it was, not a PC Woke version.

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