During the weekend, footage emerged of a Police Officer "punching" a man in Newhaven. A large number of people, especially on social media, have been quick to condemn the officer's actions without knowing the full facts, without knowing the circumstances of the arrest or without knowing the events which led up to the officer having to restrain the male.
When Police Officers are attacked, it seems to come as a shock to some people that we are allowed to use force to protect both ourselves and the public. There are varying degrees of approved and permissible force which can be used by officers and some of these do involve the use of a fist if the circumstances require. In this incident, the officer was dealing with a violent man having been called to the scene to back up two PCSOs. The officer was then attacked and sought to defend himself and arrest the male using Home Office approved techniques.
I have spoken with the officer and assured him that he has the full support of Sussex Police Federation".
Sussex Police Federation
Congratulations to Hastings PC Greg Montier who has beaten off strong competition to win the South East Region Police Bravery Award.
In a ceremony last night at the Dorchester Hotel in London, PC Montier was presented with his award by the head of the National Police Chiefs Council Sara Thornton.