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Chief officer team to personally check on welfare of assaulted personnel

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Visit from Maggie, 11, whose father was killed on duty prompts announcement.

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Maggie Henry was made chief constable for a day

A force has promised that anyone assaulted on duty will receive contact from a chief officer to check on their welfare.

Bedfordshire Police has changed the policy and dubbed it ‘Maggie’s Law’ after the daughter of PC John Henry, killed on duty in Luton in 2007, spent at day at its headquarters.

According to a statement from the force, 11-year-old Maggie Henry wants to help the force “look after our police officers, so that they can look after everyone else”.

The chief officer team will now take the lead on checking that personnel who have been attacked get the support they need.

Bedfordshire Police had already adopted the seven point plan on police assaults, first developed in Hampshire, which commits to treating assaulted officers as victims of crime.

Chief Constable Jon Boutcher said: “Without question, an assault of any kind should never be considered ‘part of the job’.

“Our workforce walks into danger when others walk away and sadly verbal and physical assaults are becoming commonplace – but that doesn’t mean it is acceptable.

“Our officers should be afforded the support they need and deserve. This means they are treated the same way as any other victim of crime, they feel valued and that those who attack police officers are not dealt with lightly.”

Bedfordshire Police Federation Chairman, Jim Mallen added: “Looking after officers and staff members who have been assaulted while doing their duty should be a primary consideration for police leaders.

“The Police Federation brought into Bedfordshire the seven point plan and Maggie's law seems a natural extension to highlight to those assaulted that we care about them and will do our utmost to support them.”

PCC Kathryn Holloway said she has raised the issue of short sentences for people who attack officers with the government. 

“I never want another family in this county to experience what Maggie Henry and her family have had to go through,” she added.

“In my view, an attack on a police officer is not the same as an assault on any other member of the public, since police are standing on the front-line between those who keep the law and those who want to undermine it.

“An attack on a single officer is an assault on society itself and should be met with the toughest penalty possible.”

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When asked by a Cief Officer, "What can we do for you" How about the reply, "When I call for urgent assistance you could make sure that there enough officers for someone to attend" I wonder how that would go down? 

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