Today, we confirmed that ‘Harper’s Law’ will be added to the statute book, giving Emergency workers greater protection from violent criminals.
- After the shocking and tragic murder of PC Harper in the line of duty in 2019, his family have been unwavering in their campaign to increase the protections for emergency workers against violent criminals.
- That is why we have confirmed that we are extending mandatory life sentences to anyone who commits the manslaughter of an emergency worker on duty – including police, prison officers, firefighters and paramedics – while carrying out another crime, unless there are truly exceptional circumstances.
- We are determined to make sure that punishments fit the severity of the crime, protecting our emergency workers and making sure those who seek to harm them feel the full force of the law.
Thank you to Lissie Harper for her tireless work in bringing forward this important campaign.