UK: A Life Sentence For Police Killers?

UK: A Life Sentence For Police Killers?

United Kingdom - Police killers will face whole-life jail terms under changes to the current law, the Home Secretary has announced.

UK: A Life Sentence For Police Killers?

The current starting point for anyone convicted of murdering a police officer in the line of duty is 30 years.

But Theresa May, the current Home Secretary, told the Police Federation annual conference that the Government will change to law to increase this to a life sentence without parole.

There have been 12 direct police killings since 2000, two of which happened last year.

Mrs May says: "To attack and kill a police officer is to attack the fundamental basis of our society.

"We ask police officers to keep us safe by confronting and stopping violent criminals for us. We ask them to take risks so that we don't have to.

"That is why I am clear that life should mean life for anyone convicted of killing a police officer."

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