Dreeshen introduces bill seeking harsher sentences for personating police

October 01, 2010
OTTAWA – On October 1, 2010 Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer introduced a Private Members’ Bill to the House of Commons for first reading. Bill
C-576 is an Act to Amend the Criminal Code (personating a peace officer). This is the first step in the legislative process of the Bill.

The purpose of this Act is to establish that personating a peace officer to commit another offence shall be considered by a court to be an aggravating circumstance for sentencing purposes.  Personating a peace officer is currently punishable up to a maximum of five years imprisonment under Section 130 of the Criminal Code.  Aggravating circumstances cause judges to impose longer sentences up to respective maximums.

“My Bill would require judges during sentencing to consider personating a peace officer to be an aggravating circumstance if it is done for the purpose of committing another crime,” explained Dreeshen.  “When citizens see a police uniform, they naturally trust and respect the authority that it comes with.  We must preserve this trust and respect for officers by delivering harsher penalties to offenders that breach this trust to cause harm.”

Mr. Dreeshen thanks his constituents for their input on this important issue and is looking forward to working with his colleagues in Parliament to pass this Bill.

The complete text of the Bill can be found at:

http://www2.parl.gc.ca/content/hoc/Bills/403/Private/C-576/C-576_1/C-576_1.PDF