Police on leave still called to attend court cases

Police
officers are having their “human rights abused” by being called to attend court
on leave and rest days, even after booking holidays, according to the Kent
Police Federation.

Dave
Kay, secretary of the Federation’s Sergeant’s Branch board, said the courts
should respect officers’ private lives when booking cases.

Speaking
to Police Review magazine, Kay said: “We should be given the same rights as
everyone else. We are witnesses and we are having our human rights abused.”

Richard
Foster, chief executive of the Crown Prosecution Service, said the pressure on
courts to be efficient and effective mean courts tend to overbook cases to
ensure they are full.

By Daniel Thomas

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