Getting tougher on police attackers
WARWICK police have been the victims of biting, punching and intentional dog attacks over the past few months and offenders who commit such crimes could soon be sent straight to jail.
The State Government is considering mandatory jail sentences for those found guilty of assaults on police.
Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg said he supported the idea and now it was time to get tough on thugs who attack police officers.
He said while it was inevitable officers would be subjected to some "push and shove" during arrests, they should not have to tolerate violence.
"I think it is a growing problem across Queensland and there is a cavalier disrespect for the law," he said.
"There are a lot of police officers being left injured, bitten, spat on, physically assaulted and threatened by some of the grubs in the community.
"Assault on anyone is serious but police are there to uphold the law and that is taking it to another level."
Mr Springborg said he believed the tougher penalties would be a deterrent for some and a fitting punishment for others.
"If people see police as fair game - and there is a bit of a yobbo attitude on some of that - then I think tougher penalties will help reduce incidents.
"If it doesn't deter them, sending them to jail will benefit everyone.
"We have to do what we can to protect the people that protect us, and assaulting police is not going to be tolerated in this State."
Mr Springborg said the government had already made moves to protect police, by increasing maximum penalties for those who commit serious assaults against or kill police.
The Rose City has been home to a number of violent attacks on police already this year.
A little over a week ago a Yangan man was sentenced to nine months jail for biting a policeman.
Fortunately a police vest prevented the offender's teeth from breaking the officer's skin.
The man will be released after serving three months.
A Warwick man is currently serving three months of a nine-month jail sentence for inciting his hunting dog to bite a Warwick policewoman and engaging in a "violent struggle" with another officer in January.
In an earlier related incident, a Warwick mother-of-three punched an off-duty policeman in the face in an unprovoked attack at his own home.
She was sentenced to jail for one month but it was wholly suspended and she was allowed to walk free from the court.
Penalties for such assaults on police will be assessed following the results of mid-year review on the issue.