11th June 2018

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Congratulations to all the officers honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Including Superintendent Suzie Mertes and Inspector Craig Rankine, of Police Scotland See MoreSee Less

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“There needs to be a deterrent to stop any individual who feels that assaulting a police officer is part of a night out.”

Andrea MacDonald, chair of the Scottish Police Federation, said: “The levels of assaults on police officers in Scotland are far too high.

“Currently, we have concerns that Police Scotland is not collecting accurate figures on assaults on police.

“Our figures, gleaned from our investigations and the Crown Office, is that every year in Scotland there are over 6,000 police officers assaulted.

“The number of cases which go through some of our courts are far too few because too many of them are plea bargained away.

“The sentences passed don’t act as a deterrent. We are not calling for mandatory sentences but we need to ask if an assault on a police officer does not merit a custodial sentence – what does?

“Our aim is to protect the public, but for us to be able to do that we must be able to protect ourselves and the courts and other authorities need to play their parts.

“The ill-founded notion that assaults on police are seen as an occupational hazard is totally unacceptable.

“Assaults on police officers can and do have long term consequences for officers and their families, some never return to their jobs.

“There needs to be a deterrent to stop any individual who feels that assaulting a police officer is part of a night out.

“Anyone who assaults a police officer should appear in court on the next lawful day and those sentencing need to explain why imprisonment is not used if alternative disposals are applied.”

www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/666558/reprehensible-rise-in-number-of-assaults-on-police… See MoreSee Less

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Man admits abducting and assaulting two Fife police officers

A thug abducted two police officers in his Fife flat before threatening to stab them.

Adilson Hernandez admitted locking the two constables in the property and then hiding the key during the terrifying incident on September 28.

The 20-year-old menacingly picked up a shard of broken mirror before putting it down on a unit.

The Cuban national then grabbed a broken television aerial and brandished it at the two officers, who had to struggle violently with the brute to bring him under control.

The court heard how Hernandez had previously abused the emergency services during a separate incident, dishing out swear word-laden abuse and calling them “monkeys”.

At Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court, depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said: “Police officers attended at the locus to trace a suspect on an unrelated matter. The accused was lying on a bed within the bedroom of the property.

“When the other suspect was told they were being arrested, the accused walked out the bedroom and locked the front door to the premises.

“He ignored the police officers requests to unlock it and went into another room where he hid the key.

“The accused was then seen to pick up a shard of broken mirror before placing it on a table.”

She told Sheriff James Williamson Hernandez then picked up a broken TV aerial and brandished it at the two PCs. He later warned: ‘I’m going to stab you’.”

Defence solicitor David Bell told the court his client had locked the door so a female in the flat would not be taken away by the officers.

He added that his clients threat to stab the constables took place when he was not in possession of any weapons.

Sheriff Williamson refused Hernandez bail and deferred sentence for reports including a restriction of liberty assessment.

The brute, a prisoner at HMYOI Polmont, will reappear for sentencing on July 2.

www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/665629/man-admits-abducting-and-assaulting-two-fife-polic… See MoreSee Less

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