The Met Police Federation’s Chairman Ken Marsh has laid out the dire state of law and order in Britain, hitting out at those who choose to film attacks on police officers ad warning that we could get to a point where officers have to let violent thugs go free.
His comments come after an appalling attack on police officers in London that has cause widespread concern as violent crime continues to surge.
Violent crime surge, young boys being stabbed and shot, police being attacked in the street.
How much worse do things have to get before we take a radically tougher approach on crime? Lock up more criminals and give them harsher sentences. @sajidjavid
— Michael Heaver (@Michael_Heaver) November 19, 2018
Speaking to the BBC, Marsh said: “If the public now think it’s okay to stand and film and mock my colleagues…then we are in very dangerous grounds.
“What I’m trying to get across is the simple fact that society has changed so much lately that it seems to be okay, more interested in mocking us and filming us.”
He revealed that: “We’re going to come to a point where we’re going to start pushing messages out to our colleagues: ‘Risk-assess it dynamically and, if you think you can’t detain a person, just let them go’.”
‘Is this becoming acceptable that we film police officers and it’s a big joke?’@MPFed Ken Marsh is concerned it is becoming normal for the public to film police officers – even while they are being attacked. https://t.co/8bLB6hHPyj pic.twitter.com/3CnMqq3PPs
— Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE) November 20, 2018
Marsh flagged that “members of public are just working past as if this now the norm” and that serious assaults on his colleagues are becoming a “regular occurrence”.
Attacks on police have risen 34% over the past 5 years. The country has gone soft on crime and sadly we’re seeing the legacy.
A police officer is attacked every 20 minutes in England & Wales (72 incidents daily) – a rise of 34% over five years, according to Home Office stats. This frightening incident shows a patrol being targeted with fireworks, one of a spate of videos that highlight a growing problem pic.twitter.com/hlAA4C0tQR
— Richard Gaisford (@richardgaisford) November 20, 2018