I REFER to articles in regards to two recent assaults on police officers in our area - one being about Senior Constable Alex Christian and the other one, on July 1, about a woman being fined a lousy $500 for intentionally shoving a police officer several times without causing bodily harm after she was asked to leave a premises for causing issues and refused to do so.
I am appalled and sickened by not only the fact that people are intentionally assaulting emergency service workers like the police, but that they are being taken to court and walking out with a slap on the wrist for their efforts.
Given the seriousness of the assault on Alex, one would have thought that there would have been much more noise made about it so officers like Alex feel supported and appreciated.
So I would like to say thank you, thank you and thank you to every one of our emergency service workers and let them know that you are important and you are appreciated and it's never okay for this to happen.
As for those who think it's a complete joke to assault a police officer and get away with it, I hope that one day you aren't put into a position where your life is at stake because of the actions of others around you and have them treat you in the same way as you think it is okay to treat emergency service workers.