Assaulting Police Is Not Acceptable

Assaulting Police Is Not Acceptable

ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja

Zed Welcomes AFPA Calls For Legislated Police Protection

Victor P Taffa

“The AFPA urges the Government to reconsider the drafting and passage of legislation to acknowledge a specific crime of assaulting a Police officer of the Crown.” AFPA President Jonathon Hunt-Sharman, ACT Legislative Assembly Committee Hearing.

ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja today welcomed comments from the Australian Federal Police Association (AFPA) that Police need better protection against assaults, which the Canberra Liberals have put forward through tougher penalties for offences against Police.

“I was very concerned to hear from the AFPA that under the existing laws, Police officers sometimes do not bother laying charges against people who assault them because they’re ‘losing faith in that judicial process.” Mr. Seselja said.

“The AFPA also estimates that one ACT Police officer is assaulted each week and said there is a growing number of compensation claims for serious injuries.”

“This is why the Canberra Liberal’s legislation is so important, as we must do everything we can to deter violent assaults and other offences against Police in the course of their duties.”

“Our legislation amends the Crimes ACT 1900 to provide tougher penalties for offences against Police, meaning a number of offences including assault, manslaughter and threats to kill would be considered an ‘aggravated’ offence and have higher prosecution penalties.”

“The Canberra Liberal’s legislation sends a very clear message: offences against Police will result in strong penalties.”

“The Canberra Liberals fully support local Police and will continue to take every step possible to protect their safety.” Mr. Seselja said.

Proposed Penalties Under New Legislation: Crimes (Offences Against Police) Amendment Bill 2011

Offence

Current Penalty

Proposed Penalty if committed against Police

Manslaughter

20 years jail

26 years jail

Intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm

15 years jail

20 years jail

Recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm

10 years jail

13 years jail

Wounding

5 years jail

7 years jail

Assault with intent to commit other offence

5 years jail

7 years jail

Inflicting actual bodily harm

5 years jail

7 years jail

Assault occasioning actual bodily harm

5 years jail

7 years jail

Causing grievous bodily harm

2 years jail

3 years jail

Common assault

2 years jail

3 years jail

Threat to kill

10 years jail

13 years jail

Threat to inflict grievous bodily harm

5 years jail

7 years jail

Possession of object with intent to kill

5 years jail

7 years jail

Forcible confinement

10 years jail

13 years jail

Affray

10 years jail

13 years jail

Stalking

5 years for certain offences and 2 years for any other case

7 years and 3 years jail respectively