Plans to double the maximum jail term for criminals who assault emergency workers to two years are being considered by the government.
Just two years ago, a previous law change doubled the maximum term from six months to 12 in England and Wales.
Ministers have launched a consultation on the issue.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said this sends a “clear and simple message” that “vile thugs” will not get away with such “appalling behaviour”.
“Our police officers, firefighters and other emergency workers go above and beyond every single day – running towards danger to protect us all,” she said.
“They are our frontline heroes who put their lives on the line every single day to keep us safe, and yet some despicable individuals still think it’s acceptable