â€˜Life should mean life.â€™ So said Police Federation of England and Wales Chair Steve White yesterday following the announcement of the impending release of police killer Harry Roberts.
â€œI am appalled to learn that police killer, Harry Roberts, is being released from prison. Letâ€™s not forget, this menace murdered three unarmed police officers in cold blood and it is abhorrent news. This decision by the parole board is a slap in the face for the families of the three police officers he brutally murdered who, once again, are forced to re-live their pain and loss. It will spark fury among everyone in the police family who will feel badly let down.
â€œWe pride ourselves on having a largely unarmed police service in England and Wales. However, in turn, we expect the judicial system to provide the deterrent needed to help protect police officers from injury or serious harm while doing their duty. In May 2013, the Home Secretary said she would introduce legislation to make sure life really does mean life for people who murder police officers. We cannot go on waiting; this needs to happen urgently. This decision by the parole board will do nothing to give confidence to police officers and the public that the most serious and dangerous offenders will remain behind bars.â€