Supporting Emergency Service Personnel

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 27th October, Stephanie recently supported a Parliamentary Bill to impose tougher sentences on people who assault emergency service personnel.

The Assaults on Emergency Services Bill would introduce new offences and harsher sentences to protect all emergency service workers, including police officers, nurses, paramedics and firefighters, and seeks better legal protection for those who are attacked on duty.

Across the UK last year, there were 24,000 assaults on police officers, whilst the year before there were also over 70,000 reported assaults against NHS staff. Other emergency service personnel have also reported assaults against them whilst doing their job.

The recently elected MP was in the House of Commons to support the Bill on 20th October, and has pledged to back the Bill again in its final legislative stage to ensure emergency services workers are protected.

Commenting, Steph said:

“Far too often our incredible emergency service workers are subject to appalling treatment and assaults in their line of duty.

“Having recently met police in Barnsley, I’m aware of the challenges both they and workers across the emergency services face.

“This is completely unacceptable, and these tougher sentences should deter the minority of people who think it’s okay to attack our nurses, police officers and fire fighters and others as they do their vital jobs.

“Our emergency services do a phenomenal job looking after us all, but it’s time we did our bit to look after them.

“I’ll be continuing to support the Bill and doing my best to ensure it becomes law, so that we can properly protect the protectors.”