Police assaults due to be discussed

Hampshire Police Federation chairman John Apter is due to speak about assaults on officers

Hampshire Police Federation chairman John Apter is due to speak about assaults on officers

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A POLICEMAN who represents rank-and-file officers wants to make sure criminals who attack police are dealt with.

Hampshire Police Federation chairman John Apter is due to speak about assaults on officers at a national federation conference on Tuesday.

Mr Apter said building a good relationship with the Crown Prosecution Service is key.

He said: ‘Building up a good relationship with the local CPS is really important and we have since seen some good work between the CPS and the constabulary.

‘When officers don’t feel they have had a good experience with the CPS or with the constabulary and the way they investigate things, the way to combat it is not just to rant but to speak to them.’

He added: ‘I always feel if an officer is assaulted strong action should be taken. But sometimes we can do more too. What I say to officers is “As a victim you are entitled to an explanation and review if a decision doesn’t go how you would want it to go”.

‘Sometimes officers don’t think of themselves as victims but they are.’

Mr Apter is due to speak at the Police Federation of England and Wales Conference in Bournemouth on Tuesday.

He will talk about officer assaults with Hampshire and John Montague from the local CPS.

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