11:32 15 May 2013
Theresa May, aged 56, is to propose that those criminals who kill police officers should get whole life sentences. This is instead of at least 30 years which is the sentence criminals get at the moment for killing police officers.
The Home Secretary is to suggest a change to the current legislation at the Police Federation conference, which is to take place in Bournemouth.
Ms. May’s proposal relates to there being no parole given. The move would relate to England and Wales.
She is expected to say: “To attack and kill a police officer is to attack the fundamental basis of our society.
“We ask police officers to keep us safe by confronting and stopping violent criminals for us. We ask them to take risks so that we don't have to.
“That is why I am clear that life should mean life for anyone convicted of killing a police officer.”
Reportedly, the Police Federation has said that they welcome any aspect when it comes to police officer murderers and “true life” sentences.
It is believed that 12 police officers have been killed while in action in the last 13 years.
The Police Federation of England and Wales represents all police officers in England and Wales as well as including Chief Inspectors. It is believed it was founded by the Police Act 1919, and it is thought this followed two police strikes.
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