This week I spoke about the issue of police safety in Parliament, after the South Wales Police Federation raised concerns.
In the Commons I asked the Minister:
“Does the Minister accept that in many situations, police dogs and horses are sometimes attacked and that police officers can be bitten and spat at? Does he agree that people who spit at and bite police officers should be automatically given blood tests to check whether they have transmittable diseases and that there should be sanctions for people who attack police dogs and horses?”
Stephen Treharne, Chair of the Constables Branch Board at the South Wales Police Federation, said:
“It was very pleasing that Mr. Davies made an intervention. I have conveyed my personal thanks and that of the South Wales Police Officers that I represent to Mr. Davies, for taking the time to read my communication and then raising the issue. It is always heartening for constituents that such matters are listened to by their Member of Parliament.”
After the debate I said:
“Our police men and women work tirelessly in South Wales for public safety. I was honoured to receive the support of South Wales Police in bringing the crucial issue of police safety to Parliament. Over the last few years we have seen concerning statistics of police officer safety, and it is essential that the Government acts to put safeguards in place to protect these brave men and women who devote themselves to our local communities.”