The widow of PC Andrew Harper has won justice for officers and 999 workers killed in the line of duty.
The widow of PC Andrew Harper has won her battle to have all killers of police officers and other 999 personnel sentenced to life in prison.
The mandatory sentence, according to ministers, will apply to all those convicted of both manslaughter and murder.
Harper’s Law would make her husband, who was dragged to his death by teenagers, proud, according to Lissie Harper.
Mrs Harper launched a campaign for justice, Harper’s Law To End Injustice, which was backed by the Daily Express.
His assailants were acquitted of murder but sentenced to 13 to 16 years in prison for manslaughter.
After serving half of that, they can be released.
They would have been sentenced to far more time in prison under the new law.
“It’s been a long journey and a lot of hard work,” Mrs Harper, 30, said.
“I’m sure Andrew would be ecstatic to see Harper’s Law achieve this significant milestone.”
“Emergency service personnel require additional protection.
I’m all too familiar with how they are regularly put at risk and into grave danger on behalf of society.
“Harper’s Law will provide that protection, and I am thrilled that it will be implemented soon.”
Harper’s Law is expected to become a part of the existing Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill through an amendment.
It is expected to receive Royal Assent early next year and become law.
PC Harper, 28, died in August 2019 from horrific injuries after being dragged to his death near Sulhamstead, Berkshire.
When his feet became caught in a strap hanging from the teenage thieves’ getaway car, he was investigating reports that a quad bike had been stolen.
Only a few weeks before, the brave Thames Valley Police officer married his teen sweetheart.
When he died, they were about to embark on their honeymoon.
Mrs Harper was outraged when his assailants Henry Long (18 at the time), Jessie Cole (17 at the time), and Albert Bowers (17 at the time) were found not guilty of his murder at the Old Bailey last year.
When the killers were sentenced, she went through even more agony.
Long, who admitted manslaughter, was sentenced to 16 years in prison as the ringleader and getaway driver.
Cole and Bowers were sentenced to 13 years in prison after denying murder and manslaughter.
Mrs Harper began lobbying senior ministers almost immediately to give frontline police officers and others.
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