August 23rd, 2009

Good luck with that one

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Australian Police are calling for mandatory jail sentences for those who assault police officers.

The Victoria Police Association have made the call following an assault on an officer in Melbourne which left him with a broken nose & fractured eye-socket.

Bruce McKenzie, the Association secretary said:  “Are Victorians going to just watch police officers and members of the community continue to be killed and seriously injured in our streets at night? We hope not,”  he said. “In our view the solution is simple. More cops. Cops on every street corner just like they have in New York. Mandatory sentencing. Zero tolerance.

Sen-Sgt Davies said there was a prison term of up to two years available for assaulting police and it should be used.  “And none of it should be served at home in mum’s knitting room. People are entitled to go to work and not come home via a hospital,” he said.

It seems they have similar problems in the land of Oz as we do over here. McKenzie said: “It’s just ludicrous that our members are having to – in a so called civilised society – patrol in threes because of the lunatic fringe that we’ve allowed to take over our city, our provincial centres and our suburbs.”

It seems the way society views assaults on police officers is also very similar – the Victorian Government said it has no plans for mandatory sentencing.

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6 comments

  1. BJ says:

    In Oz we’re smack bang in the middle of Britain’s style of policing and the US’s. As an example: compare any UK police website with an Australian one eg. http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/. Notice the difference in tone and language? Notice how you have a service and we have a force? The UK websites present as apologetic, eager to consult, to appease. Australian police don’t yet know what a policing pleadge is, thank goodness. Then again, Aussie police don’t inspire the same respect as American police do.

    August 24th, 2009 at 04:40

  2. boy on a bike says:

    The Victorian Police have gone to hell in a handbasket. Their last commissioner was a fat, wishy-washy apologist who went to water on every issue. The current incumbent is one of her spawn. You’ll find more moral fibre in a donut.

    August 24th, 2009 at 10:22

  3. Tony F says:

    Assault of a police officer? Should get 5 years hard labour. Do it twice and you get dangled on a rope.

    August 25th, 2009 at 21:08

  4. MarkUK says:

    No one should be assaulted when going about their lawful business. That includes police officers, but cannot be limited to them.

    Why should assaulting a police officer be more hienous than assaulting a fireman or an ambulance worker? Why is it worse than assaulting a traffic warden or a dog catcher?

    A case could be made for police officers knowing that violence comes with the job. In that respect, it comes into the same category as the military and door staff. A paramedic joined up to help people without thought of violence. A bobby knew it was likely.

    Incidentally, that last is not my own POV, but a case could be made.

    August 25th, 2009 at 21:35

  5. Legal Eagle says:

    To an extent I agree with comments posted by MarkUK.

    An assault is an assault is an assault and should be dealt with the same irrespective of the job being done by the person assaulted.

    If Police get special “protection” what next? Harsher punishment if you assault an MP? Different laws for men and women?

    Perhaps the punishment for committing an assault against anyone should be strengthened?

    August 26th, 2009 at 08:48

  6. SoCal says:

    I guess the reason you have higher penalties for an attack on a police officer is because you figure if a criminal is willing to attack the police, he or she is willing to attack anyone.

    The other thing is the unfortunate view, by some members of the public, that the police are there to be objects of abuse. A higher sentence for assaulting a peace officer would (hopefully) shift that balance a bit.

    August 28th, 2009 at 07:40

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