Last Thursday, PC Nigel Albuery was stabbed on duty on the streets of Croydon. Whilst his injuries are thankfully not life threatening, they are life changing.
The Government is currently considering the results of a review of police pay and conditions conducted by Tom Winsor, a partner with city law firm White & Case. Given the financial mess we have inherited and the consequent need to reducing spending on services like the police without affecting the frontline, it is right to look at these issues. But it must do so in the light of the dangers that police officers like PC Albuery face day to day and the debt of gratitude we owe to them.
This evening, the House of Commons debated policing and crime and I put this point to the Home Secretary, Theresa May. She responded:
“I take this opportunity to commend PC Albuery, who suffered terrible injuries as result of which he is in a serious condition. He was doing the job that he signed up to do, which is protecting the public and dealing with criminals. I pay tribute to him and to all the other officers who, day in and day out, go out to deal with instances and incidents that take place, not knowing whether they will be subject to the sort of attack to which PC Albuery was subject.”
I have met with a number of police officers regarding their concerns about the Winsor review and I will continue to press the Government on this issue.
UPDATE: Pleased to report that PC Albuery's injuries are not as serious as first reported and he is expected to make a full recovery.