Protecting Emergency Workers

Yesterday, the government announced new plans to double the maximum penalty for those assaulting an emergency worker – from 12 months to 2 years – offering greater protection to our frontline heroes and delivering stronger punishments to these vile thugs for their appalling behaviour.  

  • This year we have seen people come together in the face of adversity to serve their communities in response to the pandemic. The debt of gratitude we owe to our emergency workers has never been greater. Every day they risk their lives to protect ours  – they should never face being punched, kicked or spat at.
  • We will bring forward a new law to increase the maximum sentence from 12 months to two years – showing these vile criminals they will face the full force of the law. This comes as new figures today show that more than 100,000 people have applied to become police officers in the first year of our recruitment drive, bringing us closer to our manifesto commitment to an additional 20,000 new recruits .
  • The Conservative government is concentrating on what matters to the British people police and delivering on their priorities – including by putting more police officers on the streets to cut crime and keep us safe.


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