Prison Officers: Safety

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5 December 2017.

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Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice 12:00, 5 December 2017

In addition to strengthening the frontline by boosting prison officer numbers, we are using intelligence-led searches and joint operations with law enforcement agencies to disrupt the supply of drugs, phones and other illicit items that drive violence in prisons. We have invested in 5,600 body-worn cameras to help to protect prison staff, and we are working with the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute prisoners who assault officers.