There is an article in the Daily Gazette for Clacton, Frinton and Walton which says that “Police officers could be punished by the police force” if they take their children out of school during term time, for a holiday. The article quotes Mark Smith, chairman of the Essex Police Federation, as saying:

“It cannot be right if a police officer receives a criminal conviction for wanting to spend time with his or her family.”

Will police officers really receive a criminal conviction in these cases?

This story annoys us at Essex Baby. Firstly, we do not think that police officers should get a criminal conviction for taking their children on holiday… surely there are so many more important issues to deal with? However, we do think that police officers should be dealt with in the same way that all parents are being dealt with in regards to this subject, as they should not be above the law.

Secondly – and this is what really annoys us and what we think is the bigger issue – why does it seems like the government is constantly sticking their noses into matters these days that should be at the discretion of parents? Stop telling us what we can and can’t do for matters that are not really that big a deal. Have strong laws and punishments against things like pedophilia. Crack down on child abuse so that our children are protected. Do not fine parents £60 a week per child, per parent, if they want to take their children on holiday. As long as parents are not abusing this and keeping their children out of school for long lengths of time, is it really such a big deal for a five year old to miss one week of school a year? Especially if that child gets to spend quality time with his/her parents and gets to experience new places, new activities, and new cultures.

What do you think Essex Baby community? If you’re a police officer, are you able to shed more light on this story? Please let us know by commenting below.

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