Get tough on thugs who as­sault po­lice

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

TWO po­lice of­fi­cers were as­saulted in Townsville at the week­end in what can only be de­scribed as de­plorable acts.

One of­fi­cer was re­peat­edly punched in the face on Flin­ders St, while another was spat on in the watch- house.

There is no doubt that our po­lice have a tough job to do.

They deal with peo­ple who are men­tally ill, in­tox­i­cated, ag­gres­sive or drug- af­fected, on a daily ba­sis.

Po­lice sign up to pro­tect the com­mu­nity but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to re­turn home with­out in­jury.

They pull on the blue uni­form know­ing as­sault is a risk of the job – but that risk is be­com­ing re­alised far too of­ten.

Their fam­i­lies shouldn’t have to wait anx­iously to find out if their loved one has con­tracted an in­fec­tious dis­ease be­cause they were spat on sim­ply while do­ing their job.

While most peo­ple re­spect our po­lice for the work they do in keep­ing us safe and solv­ing crime, a mi­nor­ity feel it is ac­cept­able to punch, kick, hit and spit on po­lice of­fi­cers in the line of duty.

In 2013, the Lib­eral Party dou­bled the penalty for se­ri­ous as­saults on po­lice of­fi­cers from seven to 14 years and in­tro­duced a 25year, non- pa­role pe­riod for tak­ing the life of an of­fi­cer.

Un­for­tu­nately, the in­creased penal­ties seem to have done lit­tle to de­ter peo­ple who think it’s OK to as­sault po­lice.

It is time to get tough on these thugs and re­duce the num­ber of po­lice re­turn­ing home hurt af­ter their pa­trols. All have a role in safe roads ANOTHER life has been lost on Townsville’s roads. Mathew Chase died in hos­pi­tal on Satur­day from in­juries sus­tained in a mo­tor­bike crash.

As the road toll con­tin­ues to climb, it’s a timely re­minder that all of us have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep our roads safe.

While it may seem in­no­cent enough to push the speed limit or re­ply to a text mes­sage while driv­ing, the con­se­quences can be dev­as­tat­ing.

Let’s stick to the road rules. One life lost on our roads is one too many.

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