[15 DEC 00]
WARWICKSHIRE CONSTABULARY NEWS
To Patrol A&E Department
are to be stationed in an Accident and Emergency Unit at a
hospital this weekend to prevent staff being attacked and to
encourage victims of violence to report their crimes.
constables will be on hand in the George Eliot hospital in
Nuneaton at busy times on Friday and Saturday night to offer help
to victims of violence who turn up for injuries.
will encourage victims to give details of the matter while it is
still fresh in their minds, and also help hospital staff deal with
the aftermath of any violent incident.
initiative has been launched today, even though Warwickshire has a
relatively low record of violent incidents. It is part of
Operation Impact On Violence, which aims to reduce the number and
the culture of violent attacks.
Carver, chief executive of the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
am delighted with this new development.
presence of two special constables in out Accidents Department
on Friday and Saturday nights provides an opportunity for the
public who have suffered violence from whatever cause to report
it straight away while the events of what has happened are fresh
in their minds.
for people in this way is, in many instances, as important as
dealing with their physical injuries.
police presence will provide reassurance to our staff and other
patients on the two nights of the week that seem to attract
Inspector Mabs Sahota said:
special constables will provide important uniformed support to
hospital staff who often deal with the aftermath of violence and
hopefully encourage more victims of violent crime to come