The National Chairman of the Police Federation has spoken out in favour of building more prisons and giving out proper sentences for criminals as a deterrent. A rare dose of common sense in a law and order debate that is now dominated by soppy sentiments that have led to a rise in violent crime.
John Apter, a serving police officer of 26 years, told TalkRadio this morning that “police officers want to get these people locked up”.
It comes after yet more damning crime figures yesterday showed a further 14% rise in homicides, with robbery up 17% and a 15% increase in the number of admissions to hospitals in England for assaults involving a sharp instrument. Things are sadly getting worse because many thugs no longer fear the consequences of their criminality.
Apter called for a “complete re-calibration” of what police officers do, pointed out that sadly society has become “more accepting of violent crime in some parts” whilst calling for “much harsher sentencing powers” and a move to “build more prisons, we need to punish people”.
Chairman of the Police Federation: "Drugs and gang crime are real issues. We need much harsher sentencing and more prisons." Recorded violent crime is up 19 percent. What is the one thing you would do to tackle the problem? @JuliaHB1 | @PFEW_Chair | @PFEW_HQ pic.twitter.com/HCoSpawQSA
— talkRADIO (@talkRADIO) January 25, 2019
Why do we now never hear politicians calling for a tougher approach on crime? The country has gone soft and crime is increasing as a result.