Prison Officers: Safety:Written question - 11533

Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)

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Asked on: 03 February 2020
Ministry of Justice
Prison Officers: Safety
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the safety of prison officers in Durham prison and young offenders institute.
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 06 February 2020

Prison Officers are some of our finest public servants, and we do not underestimate the challenges faced by everyone working in prisons. We are committed to making prisons a safe place to work and providing prison officers with the right support, training and tools to empower them to do their jobs.

Prisoners who assault staff should feel the full force of the law. We are working closely with the CPS to ensure prosecutions of prisoners who assault staff along with the strongest possible punishment being imposed. The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act increases sentences for those who assault prison officers.

We are rolling out prison officers body worn cameras, police-style restraints and PAVA incapacitant spray to prison officers to help them do their job more safely.

We have recruited more than 4,300 new prison officers over the last two years and we’re investing £2.75 billion to transform the estate, to make prisons safer and cut crime behind bars.

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