MSP calls for victims consultation to care for all

SNP MSP Jim Eadie is calling for the Scottish Government to consider extending restitution orders for police officers to all emergency workers in Scotland.

The current consultation paper on the Victims and Witnesses Bill proposes the introduction of restitution orders, which would support the treatment and care of police officers following an assault.

The consultation closes this Friday and Mr Eadie is urging the Government to look into encompassing ambulance workers and fire-fighters, along with police officers.

Mr Eadie said:

"This consultation contains a range of positive proposals from the SNP Government to give better support to victims and witnesses.

"I welcome the suggestion that there be restitution orders, funding the support of police officers following an assault. They put themselves in danger in the interest of protecting the public.

"While there are higher numbers of police assaulted each year, other emergency workers are also affected by unacceptable attacks while carrying out their work.

"Ambulance workers and fire-fighters play a vital role in protecting the public. The final question in the consultation paper refers to extending restitution orders to groups other than the police and I would support this option being considered.

"The justice system in a modern Scotland must protect the victim as well as punish the offender and this proposal could offer something positive for all emergency workers subject to assault while carrying out their duties."