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New laws protect emergency workers
Tough new sentences for those who attack police officers or emergency workers while carrying out their duties.
***Victorian Government Media Release***
Baseline sentence of 30 year jail term for those who murder a police officer or emergency worker Napthine Government building a safer Victoria.
Offenders who attack police officers or emergency workers while they are carrying out their duties will face tough new sentences under legislation being introduced to Parliament today (25 June).
The increased sentences will apply to offenders who attack workers including police, ambulance officers, fire-fighters, protective services officers, SES workers or lifesavers, as well as nurses, doctors or other staff in hospitals who provide or support emergency treatment.
“Those who intentionally inflict serious injuries on police or emergency workers can expect to spend at least three years behind bars, while those who recklessly inflict serious injuries can look to spend at least two years in jail,” the Premier, Denis Napthine said.
“If gross violence is involved, attackers will face a minimum of five years in jail, while those who murder a police officer or emergency worker will be subject to a baseline sentence carrying a 30 year jail term.
“Attacks causing other injuries will incur at least six months in jail.”
The minimum penalties will form part of the offender’s minimum non-parole period, and will apply unless the offender can demonstrate there is a genuinely ‘special reason’ in limited and carefully defined circumstances, such as co-operation with law enforcement authorities or proven mental impairment.
“Victoria is fortunate to have many dedicated police officers, front line medical personnel and other emergency workers who devote their careers or hours of unpaid voluntary time to helping others.
“These laws recognise the important role those in the front line have in serving, protecting and caring for all Victorians,” the Attorney-General, Robert Clark said.
“When police and emergency workers put themselves on the line to help others, they deserve the community’s protection and support. An attack on a police officer or emergency worker is an attack on our whole community.
“Penalties for those who engage in these attacks need to reflect the seriousness of the crime.
“Under our reforms those who attack and injure a police officer or emergency worker can expect to end up behind bars.
“These laws will better protect emergency workers so they can go about their duties without threats, intimidation or violence.
“Everyone deserves the right to be as safe as possible when they go to work, especially those who willingly face very dangerous situations such as those involving drug and alcohol-fuelled violence,” Mr Clark said.