Emergency services workers unite in Operation Cavell
Main article content
On Monday 10 October, emergency services and other partners working across Wiltshire and Swindon will unite in launching Operation Cavell. The operation relates to the increasing number of assaults against all types of emergency worker and aims to prosecute more offenders.
Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: “My Officers and staff who face daily dangers and see traumatic incidents during their work, it strikes me that it is a sad reflection of modern society that Operation Cavell is needed to raise awareness of the number of assaults on their persons.”
“In 2021, there were 299 reported assaults on Police Officers of which 14 caused Actual Bodily Harm. This is unacceptable.”
“Nobody should be put in a position where they are physically or verbally assaulted in their workplace – wherever that may be. As such we are committed to supporting all emergency workers to secure convictions on those members of the public who believe that violence or abusive language is an appropriate course of action. It’s not part of the job.”
Operation Cavell is being introduced across several Force areas in the central south of England and will encourage members of the emergency services to report assaults. It will also remind members of the public that action will be taken against them should they commit an offence they could now face up to 2 years in prison since the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 increased the maximum term.
In the event of an emergency worker being unlawfully killed on duty there is now (since 28 June 2022) a mandatory life sentence with the introduction of Harpers Law.