The widow of PC Andrew Harper, Lissie Harper, has spoken about her campaign for a new law following the death of her husband at the hands of criminals.
Lissie appeared on Good Morning Britain today and spoke about campaigning for Harper’s Law which would see a life sentence given to anybody found guilty of killing an emergency services worker while committing a crime.
Speaking to hosts Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley, Lissie explained she’s been very “busy” but “focused” on Harper’s Law. She said: “It’s so important to me, I couldn’t think of anything I need to be doing more, for everyone, and for Andrew.”
“Harper’s Law is its own conviction. The problem with murder and manslaughter is the line is so fine between them. If you’re going out and committing a crime and you have that intent to cause murder or serious injury, you know what you’re getting involved in.”
Penny Lancaster, who recently became a Special Constable, is supporting Lissie in the Light the Lakes charity work which supports bereaved families. She appeared alongside Lissie on the show and revealed she’d recently saved someone’s life on a bridge in London.
When asked if she’s made any arrests since becoming a Special Constable, Penny said: “Not yet, I’ve had five duties so far, it’s been interesting. When you think of policing, you think of the most violent crimes but we’re out there to help the most vulnerable and at this particular time there’s a lot of incidents on the bridges and I did help someone who was very desperate on the bridge the other night. It can be rewarding in so many ways.”
“I’m on foot patrol once a week in the City of London, on the square mile. The first job of a police officer is the preservation of life and property, and that’s at the forefront.”