Essex Police Federation issue statement after officer stabbed in Harlow: “Police officers…should be going home at the end of their shifts…Not to hospital.”
Crime / Sat 30th Dec 2023 at 11:06am
THE CHAIR OF the Essex Police Federation has issued a statement following the stabbing of a female police officer in Harlow.
Laura Heggie said: “This incident is yet another terrifying reminder of the dangers police officers face every day, – and how quickly a situation changes.
There is no such thing as routine in policing. Police officers go to work to help others and protect the public, and that’s exactly what’s happened here.
The officers have responded to a call for help and it has ended up with them being confronted by a man with a knife and resulted in them being battered and sustaining injuries.
That uniform alone doesn’t make them invincible, they bleed and hurt the same as anyone else. We know over time the physical injuries will hopefully heal but it’s the trauma and impact on their mental health and the ‘what ifs’ that can stay with them forever, an incident like this can
change a person both in and outside work. I have been in touch with the officers involved to talk things through and ensure they are receiving all the support they should and that will continue after the dust has settled.
They have all our best wishes. Now some attention must turn to the investigation to ensure justice and some possible closure for the officers.
“Police Officers do not come to work to be hurt. They should be going home at the end of their shifts. Not to hospital.”
Hope the officers recover as quickly as possible.
All best wishes for a speedy and full recovery for all involved and a big thank you to all the emergency and support services that many of us may have to turn to at one time or another.