Justice Minister Condemns Attacks On Police Officers

NI Justice Minister, Naomi Long, has condemned attacks on police officers, after it was revealed that on average 8 officers are assaulted every day while on duty.

Minister Long said: "Attacks on police officers, indeed attacks on any public servant are totally unacceptable. Everyone deserves to be able to carry out their duties without fear of attack or reprisal and those who carry out such attacks should feel the full force of the law being brought down upon them.
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"That is why I intend to bring forward new legislation to reform the law on sentencing by increasing the maximum sentence for such attacks and making serious assaults on front line workers a statutory aggravating factor."

Commenting on the impact such attacks have on PSNI officers, the Minister said: "The testimonies from officers clearly demonstrate the impact that assaults and attacks have on officers and their families, both physically and mentally.

"I would like to place on record my appreciation to police officers and police staff for the critical role they play in keeping everyone in society safe and protected."

If you have information on any crime please contact the police or the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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