Joan Ryan MP met with representatives from the Police Federation to address the issue of assaults on police officers.
In Parliament I had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Police Federation to address the increase in assaults on police officers.
I pay tribute to the police officers and PCSOs in Enfield and across the country, for the work they do every day to keep us safe.
Police officers often have to put themselves in harms way to protect the public and it is shocking that there were an estimated 23,000 assaults on officers in 2015/16.
I am very happy to support the 'Police Officer Safety' campaign, which is calling for three things:
1. For the government to record all assaults on officers and standardise the process across the country.
2. Tougher sentences for those who assault officers. Fines and suspended sentences aren't enough of a deterrent, custodial sentences will send out a strong message to those who assault a police officer.
3. No more cuts to police officer numbers and funding. At a time when we have 19,700 fewer police officers since 2010, we can't have an unsafe system where police officers are routinely sent out on their own.