Federation pushes for harsher sentences against police assaults

14 August 2015

Those who attack police offers should receive the harshest possible sentence for their actions in all instances, to ensure that they are properly reprimanded, said Steve White, Chair, Police Federation for England and Wales.

This follows the case of PC Daemon Farry, of Thames Valley Police who, during the pursuit of a petrol thief Kyle Roberts, was rammed with a car by the guilty party.

As a result PC Farry has had to spend months visiting doctors and enduring physiotherapy sessions to address knee pains following the assault, he has also had to deal will the psychological implications following the ordeal.

Kyle Roberts was handed an 11 month sentence for his actions, suspended for 18 months, by Judge Ian Grainger. Following the sentencing the Roberts family openly cheered in the public gallery.

Mr White said, “Police officers sacrifice their own safety on a daily basis to ensure the protection of the public, and it’s right that officers should also be protected, through the criminal justice system so that they can do their job to the best of their ability safe in the knowledge that they are protected by a robust justice system.”

Roberts was also ordered to conduct 200 hours unpaid work, was banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge and £300 compensation to be paid within six months.

The police federation is working with the Home Office to established a better way of understanding the full picture of officer assaults and, John Apter, Fed Chair for the Hampshire region, has made exemplary progress to address the issue through his ‘Seven Point Plan’ which aims to ensure that officers in Hampshire receive the right kind of care and are not simply expected to suffer assaults as 'part of the job’.

Mr White continued, “The recent assault case of PC Daemon Farry, who was rammed by car in Bracknell during his pursuit of a serial petrol thief, highlights some of the extreme and dangerous situations officers often face.

“Whilst the vast majority of the public do respect the police, there are those few that openly attack and assault officers and this is unacceptable.

“There needs to be a clear sentencing deterrent which will warn people of the severe consequences of attacking officers of the law in the future.

“The Federation is working with Home Office to look at a more robust process of collating national figures on the numbers of assaults carried out on police officers.”