Every two days, a police officer is assaulted in the state of Tasmania.
That’s according to President of the Police Association of Tasmania, Colin Riley. Statistics show that there have been 278 assaults on police in the past year – this does not include charges for wounding or grievous bodily harm.
Legislation will go the State’s Legislative Council next week to remove the step-down provisions for police injured in the line of duty. Currently injured police officers are subject to a reduction in their salaries while they are at home recovering from their injuries.
Mr Riley speaks with Brian Carlton this morning about the alarming statistics around police assaults in the state, and why this legislation is so important.