Moderates: Increase security for emergency personnel
As Sweden's largest opposition party, the Moderates, hosts a conference in Malmö this weekend, the party secretary joined calls to impose stricter penalties for people who attack police and emergency services.
Tomas Tobé, the Moderate’s party secretary, told Swedish Radio that an attack on police officers, emergency medics, or any other public safety staff is an attack on a society governed by the rule of law.
“The response to this aggression and these attacks must be clear. It is about zero tolerance,” he said.
One of the Moderate Party’s proposals is to increase jail time for those convicted of an attack against a police officer from one month to six months. Both the Sweden Democrats and Centre Party have also recently proposed tougher penalties for violence against public safety personnel.
When asked why the Moderates did not take action on this while in government, Tobé said that the party could have done more, but he said increased aggression against health and emergency service has made the issue more urgent.
This weekend Moderate Party members from all over Sweden will meet in Mälmo to address this proposal as well as discuss jobs and education.