Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Former Treasurer; Attorney General

    Reported assaults against police continue to decline

    23/06/2011 12:00 AM
     

    Assaults against WA Police have continued to plummet with recent figures indicating a 13 per cent decrease in the first five months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.

     

    Attorney General Christian Porter and Police Minister Rob Johnson said this decrease was above and beyond the drop of nearly 30 per cent in the first year following the introduction in September 2009 of mandatory sentencing of serious assaults against police officers.

     

    “When dealing with criminal justice statistics it is sometimes difficult to separate cause and effect, however, it is a fact that since the mandatory sentencing laws were passed there has been a significant and extraordinary decline in reported assaults against police officers,” Mr Porter said.

     

    “When these laws were being debated there were various alarmist and ridiculous claims that they would result in injustices ‘on a daily basis’ and a radical increase in the prison population.

     

    “The State Government has been closely monitoring the application of police prosecutorial guidelines since the laws were passed and we are satisfied that the laws are being used cautiously and appropriately by WA Police.

     

    "Significantly, police have only sought a mandatory penalty on 43 occasions and of the 19 matters finalised, 13 have resulted in a conviction and mandatory jail term."

     

    The Attorney General said this result was in accordance with how the Government had predicted the laws would be applied when the legislation was debated in State Parliament.

     

    Police Minister Rob Johnson said the legislation sent a clear message to the public that serious assaults on WA Police officers would not be tolerated by the community or by the courts.

     

    “Police officers should not have to go to work with the fear that they will be attacked by the very community they are trying to protect,” Mr Johnson said.

     

    “Despite the repeated criticism from the Opposition and the Greens when mandatory sentencing was introduced, the legislation has produced successful outcomes for the police and the community.”

     

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