Dreeshen reintroduces bill seeking harsher sentences for personating police

OTTAWA – Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer introduced today a Private Members Bill to the House of Commons for first reading. Bill C-444 is an Act to Amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer). This is the first
September 27, 2012
OTTAWA - Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer introduced today a Private Members Bill to the House of Commons for first reading. Bill C-444 is an Act to Amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public 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.”

Dreeshen introduced this Bill during the previous Parliament and while it had received support from all parties, it died on the Order Paper when the General Election was called. He thanks his constituents for their input on this important issue and is looking forward to working with his colleagues in Parliament to pass the Bill.