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'Soft sentencing' making police targets for attacks
11:25am Monday 7th January 2013 in News
POLICE federations from across the country are campaigning for tougher sentences for those who attack officers on duty.
In Essex there are two assaults on officers every day with punishments which can be as little as a £40 fine.
Mark Smith, chairman of the Essex Police Federation, believes soft sentences are making them a target.
“There is no deterrent to stop people attacking officers,” he said.
“People should know if you assault a police officer you will be punished but people know they can pretty much get away with it.”
There were 10,681 defendants facing assault charges against officers in 2010.
In Essex, between October 2011 and September 2012, there were 722 assaults.
Chair elect Steve Williams said: “The Police Federation of England and Wales welcomes calls for the toughest possible sentences for those who attack members of the emergency services.”