373 emergency workers were assaulted in Gwent in the 12 months since new legislation introduced stricter sentences for those who assault blue-light workers.
The law came into effect on November 13th 2018 and in the year since then, 49% (183) of these offences have seen an outcome of charged or summonsed.
The Act made attacks on emergency workers including police, ambulance, fire crews and prison officers an aggravating feature for sentencing, and introduced a new offence for minor assaults against emergency workers.
In Gwent alone, 335 of these assaults have been reported against our police officers and staff since November 13th 2018. (These figures includes both new emergency worker legislation[where police] and legislation in effect pre November 2018, assault on constable figures)
An ‘emergency worker’ is defined under the act as the following,
- Constable; Person (other than a constable) who has the powers of a constable or is otherwise employed for police purposes or is engaged to provide services for police purposes;
- National Crime Agency officer
- Prison officer; Person (other than a prison officer) employed or engaged to carry out functions in a custodial institution of a corresponding kind to those carried out by a prison officer;
- Prisoner custody officer, so far as relating to the exercise of escort functions;
- Custody officer, so far as relating to the exercise of escort functions;
- Person employed for the purposes of providing, or engaged to provide, fire services or fire and rescue services;
- Person employed for the purposes of providing, or engaged to provide, search services or rescue services (or both);
- Person employed for the purposes of providing, or engaged to provide NHS health services, or services in the support of the provision of NHS health services, and whose general activities in doing so involve face to face interaction with individuals receiving the services or with other members of the public.