Assault – What’s The Difference?

Picture of the scene after debtor fired two rounds out of letterbox.

Court Enforcement Specialists welcomed the news last year that the penalties and punishments for assaulting emergency workers were set to double.

The bravery, commitment and selflessness shown by the police, prison officers, paramedics and firefighters (amongst other services) across the nation, is nothing short of inspirational, and any extra protection they can be afforded is absolutely deserved.

It is vitally important, in fact.

Assaults on police officers and other emergency service personnel rose dramatically in the three-year period to 2017, highlighting the urgent need for something to be done. The fact that the sentencing for any kind of assault on emergency service personnel, be it sexual, GBH or otherwise, will now have to take into consideration these aggravating factors, shows how an assault on the emergency services is seen as an assault on the public in general.

And so, it should be.

It draws a line in the sand that says… “This is not part and parcel of the job.”

But what about Certificated Enforcement Agents? Is assault something that comes with the territory?

You’d be forgiven for thinking so.

Take the case of the Somerset father of four, served to pay an escalated parking fine.

Had a policeman attended his property, you’d think it would be highly unlikely that the man would have swung an axe and threatened to smash their head in, but that’s exactly what happened when an Enforcement Agent attended.

Or how about the incident in the midlands, where a bailiff was violently attacked with a metal pole, simply for carrying out his duties and attempting to retrieve thousands of pounds worth of unpaid Council tax?

Okay, the offender ended up inside for 20 months plus 6 for drink driving offences, but what’s the difference here? Would the attack have even happened to someone from the emergency services?

You’d like to hope not, but why should someone simply going about their role have to suffer this?

Unfortunately, incidents such as these are fairly commonplace for Enforcement Agents up and down the country.

One of our very own was shot at two times and threatened with a machete in fact, all for trying to serve court papers.

Court Enforcement Specialists are often characterised as ‘baddies’, the villains of the piece who look to bring bad news to peoples’ doors.

Whilst the news they carry is not always well received, does this mean they should be subjected to acts of extreme violence?

And if this is the thought process, surely sentencing needs to come into line with that which concerns assaults on members of the emergency services, if only in direct response to the likelihood of these attacks taking place.

Everyone deserves to go to work safe in the knowledge that they’ll return home to their families at the end of the day.

Even Certificated Enforcement Agents, thank you very much.

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