Reports that a Queenscliff man found guilty of assaulting a Police officer has avoided a prison sentence highlights the disgraceful lack of support frontline members of Victoria Police are receiving from Daniel Andrews.
Earlier this week, Glenn Main was found guilty of assaulting an emergency worker at the Queenscliff Brewhouse in August last year – but has walked free due to a legal loophole with only a $5,000 fine.
This slap-on-the-wrist sentence comes despite Daniel Andrews’ promises to ensure mandatory custodial sentences for people found guilty of assaulting emergency service workers.
When these laws were first introduced, Police Minister Lisa Neville told Victorians “it’s unacceptable to assault and injure a police officer, and if you do you can expect to go to jail.”
Clearly, these laws have failed and have left frontline police without the support and respect they deserve.
The Police Association has stated its members are now questioning if the risk they face at work outweighs the reward of helping the community.
When Daniel Andrews can’t get the laws right to protect our police officers all Victorians suffer.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police, David Southwick:
“Police and the community deserve better than they are getting under Labor.”
“This sentence is a letdown to every member of Victoria Police and Daniel Andrews must prioritise fixing these botched laws.”