News from the week commencing 30 January

Community Policing Awards

Thames Valley Police are holding their 16th annual community policing awards. The awards allow members of the constituency to nominate officers who have gone above and beyond in their role.

Click here for more information or to nominate an officer


Tiffin Cup Competition

David will be holding a competition to decide which South Asian restaurant he will nominate for the Tiffin Cup.

Restaurants who wish to enter the competition can be voted for at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GQDHS6W or tweet your vote using #TiffinCupAylesbury.

The voting will close on 30 March.


Letter from the Secretary of State

 

This week David received a letter from the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Defence regarding the future of RAF Halton. The letter clarifies how the closure will proceed.


Sainsbury's investment

David also received a letter from Sainsbury's this week outlining their plans to invest in Aylesbury.


Diary

This week David met with members of the clergy in order to allow them to raise any concerns that they may have about the local area. 

David also met with the Bucks Herald to discuss issues of interest within the constituency.

Later in the afternoon David attended further private meetings.


Campaigns

David thought you might be interested in seeing his responses to national policy campaigns he has received this week.

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In response to 'Finn's Law',

Police support animals undoubtedly make a valuable contribution in the detection and prevention of crime and in maintaining public safety Attacks of any sort on police dogs or horses are unacceptable and should be dealt with severely under the criminal law. 

Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 an attack on a police dog or other police support animal can be treated as causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, and the maximum penalty is 6 months' imprisonment, an unlimited fine, or both. The financial element of the penalty was raised in 2015 from a maximum fine of £20,000. Similarly an attack on a police animal could be considered by the court as an aggravating factor leading to a higher sentence. Under some circumstances assaults on support animals could be treated as criminal damage which would allow for penalties of up to 10 years' imprisonment.

The Government has also requested that the Sentencing Council considers assaults on police animals as an aggravating factor as a part of their current review on guidelines for sentencing in the Magistrates' Courts, which includes animal cruelty offences.

While the current penalties are appropriate, I agree that it is unpalatable to think of police animals as merely 'equipment' as the charge of criminal damage might suggest, and does not convey the respect and gratitude felt for the animals involved and their contribution to law enforcement and public safety. Work across Government is underway to explore whether there is more that the law should do to offer the most appropriate protections to police animals and all working animals.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.