Tougher Punishment for violence against emergency workers

New protections and powers for the police under the Police, Crime, Courts and Sentencing Bill were unveiled in Parliament yesterday.

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill seeks to equip the police with more powers and tools to protect themselves and the public, while overhauling sentencing laws to keep serious sexual and violent offenders behind bars for longer and placing greater emphasis on rehabilitation to better help offenders to turn their lives around and prevent further crimes.

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill, came into force in 2018 and doubled maximum prison terms for people found guilty of common assault against emergency workers from 6 months to 12.

The Police, Crime, Courts and Sentencing Bill introduced today builds on this and goes further by escalating maximum penalties from 12 months to 2 years.

Other measures include widening important laws which prevent adults in ‘positions of trust’ from engaging in sexual relationships with young people under the age of 18, crack down on knife crime, Whole Life Orders for child killers, introduction of life sentences for killer drivers and Ensuring community sentences are stricter and better target underlying causes of crime such as mental health issues, alcohol or drug addiction.