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Assaults On Police

Volume 205: debated on Tuesday 10 March 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what conclusions he has reached as a result of the Home Office survey of sentences awarded to persons convicted of assaulting police officers.

[pursuant to his reply, 23 January 1992, col. 322]: I have published the results of the survey, which covered the last six months of 1991 and was conducted with the assistance of the Crown prosecution service, in the Home Office bulletin issue 3/92 "Sentencing for Assault on Police Officers", copies of which have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses. The survey demonstrates that the courts clearly recognise that assaults on police officers are despicable and deserve to be punished more severely, immediate custody being imposed for a significantly higher proportion of the assaults on the police covered in the survey than for assaults on all victims in 1990.The Government are committed to protecting our protectors who have a difficult job to do on our behalf.I am setting up a working group to review the physical protection of the police. I am sure that the group, which will involve police representatives, will have a valuable contribution to make to improving still further the protection from attack available to the police, the need for which has been recognised by the Government and the courts.