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192 | 26.10.2018

LEADERS OF THE POA CONTINUE TO CRITICISE GOVERNMENT AND HMPPS OVER THE LATEST SAFETY IN CUSTODY STATISTICS

Assaults and self-harm incidents in England and Wales' prisons have increased by 20% to record levels.

A total of 9,485 assaults on staff were recorded, up by 27%, after repeated warnings that officers are unsafe at work.

Around 947 of these were classed as "serious", such as those which require medical treatment or result in fractures, burns or extensive bruising.

National Chair Mark Fairhurst stated,

“These latest set of statistics vindicate the actions of POA members who protect their health and safety at work. In the most hostile and violent workplace in Western Europe I find it abhorrent that some Governors attempt to carry on as normal despite their jails being inherently violent. If the employer listened to the POA instead of attempting to injunct us our prisons could become places of rehabilitation instead of the war zones they currently are.”

General Secretary Steve Gillan commented,

“I intend to write to the Secretary of State to categorically tell him that he now needs to take stock of these disastrous stats and sit down with the POA and draw up an action plan that actually means something. Quite simply all the buzz words from HMPPS and their charts mean absolutely nothing and will not reduce violence.”


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