Harper's Law

The government has confirmed that ‘Harper’s Law’ will be added to the statute book, giving emergency workers greater protection from violent criminals.

After the shocking and tragic murder of PC Harper in the line of duty in 2019, his family have been unwavering in their campaign to increase the protections for emergency workers against violent criminals.

That is why ministers have confirmed that parliament will be asked to add to current legislation an extension of mandatory life sentences to anyone who commits the manslaughter of an emergency worker on duty – including police, prison officers, firefighters and paramedics – while carrying out another crime, unless there are truly exceptional circumstances.

Conservatives are determined to make sure that punishments fit the severity of the crime, protecting our emergency workers and making sure those who seek to harm them feel the full force of the law.


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