For the past few weeks now, we have heard time and time again about members of the emergency services being abused and assaulted.
The very people who we ask to put their lives on the line to keep us safe are now becoming the intended targets of vicious and cowardly violence.
Some of those responsible have been caught. Many haven’t.
But other than a fine and a few weeks inside, what deterrent is there to stop people from abusing emergency workers?
Surely it is about time that we started some sort of ‘banned from using’ register that recorded the details of everyone who has been convicted of assaulting a member of the emergency services.
If your name is put on the register, then you should be banned from being able to access the emergency services.
Why should the people who dedicate their lives to helping others be subjected to abuse and violence from a small minority of individuals who take the emergency services for granted?
This ‘banning’ would not prevent individuals who are on the register from getting help for other people.
But it would mean that if someone who has been convicted of assaulting a paramedic needed the ambulance service, then it would be down to the discretion of the paramedics whether or not they responded to their abusers call for help.
Something needs to be done to stop the violence which is being directed at our emergency services.
The current system does not seem to be acting like a big enough deterrent.
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