Sentencing (Aggravating Factors) Amendment Bill - Submission
The Police Association welcomes the opportunity to submit on the Sentencing (Aggravating Factors) Amendment Bill. The increasing number of serious assaults suffered by police officers is an issue of major concern for members. The figures disclosed in the Regulatory Impact Statement accompanying this Bill provide sound evidence that concern is well founded.
The Association believes an assault on a police officer is immediately made more serious because it is also an assault on the rule of law. Consequently, it is appropriate that the fact an assault was committed against a police officer ought to be an aggravating factor at sentencing.