Police Federation: violence directed at officers ‘getting worse’
British police are coming under increasing attack from disenfranchised and disillusioned sections of society
As the UK tries to come to terms with the killing of Sergeant Matiu Ratana, who was shot dead on Friday (September 25), a senior police officer has warned of escalating violence against the police in recent years.
John Apter, who is chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW – the staff association for police constables, sergeants and inspectors), has complained to Sky News of a “more violent [British] society” with the police bearing the brunt of some of that violence.
Apter was talking to Sky News on National Police Memorial Day, where an annual remembrance service is planned to honor officers who have been killed in the line of duty.
“What we’ve seen over the past few years is the level of violence which has increased. In the ‘old days’, if somebody wanted to escape arrest they’d assault a police officer and off they’d run”, Apter told Sky News.
“But now we seem to have people who will assault a police officer and then kick them when they are down and then kick them again”, he added.
Meanwhile, a former policing minister has put the blame for the public’s poor attitude towards the police on politicians, accusing the political class of “hampering and undermining normal police officers”.
Writing in the Sun (September 27), Mike Penning claims the “lack of respect” for the police “comes from the top”.
“It filters down from senior management and our politicians”, Penning wrote.