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Assaults On Police Officers (Penalties)

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the fact that the number of police officers assaulted in the execution of their duty rose from 44 in 1978 to 84 in 1979 in Bedfordshire, he will bring forward proposals for increasing the penalties for those convicted of this crime.

The existing penalties for offences of violence against the person range, according to the seriousness of the offence, up to a maximum of life imprisonment. The penalties for assault on police officers will be considered in the light of the recommendations of the Criminal Law Revision Committee in its report on offences against the person, which was published on 27 March 1980.