Great Britain

We need to embrace and protect our brave bobbies before other lives are lost

MIKE PENNING

THIS country needs to wake up and smell the coffee. 

It has been a hell of a year for everyone but police officers have been at the forefront of the battering. 

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They have been relied on to enforce Covid-19 measures without real guidance, as well as overseeing tinderbox protests expertly. 

On top of that, they have witnessed the deaths of PC Andrew Harper and now Sergeant Matt Ratana.

Official figures show that there were more than 30,000 assaults on police officers in England and Wales in 2019 to 2020.

I have seen police officers being spat at — being bitten — and it’s sickening. And those people think they can get away with it.

This lack of respect comes from the top, for me. It filters down from senior management and our politicians.

Simply, they are not backing officers. It is now time for us to say: “Enough is enough. We are not going to have our police officers used and abused.”

The lawmakers and enforcers are hampering and undermining normal police officers.

We need to embrace and protect our brave bobbies before other lives are lost.

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