Dreeshen’s bill seeking harsher sentences for personating police passes second reading

February 10, 2011
OTTAWA – Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer is pleased that his Private Members’ Bill received unanimous consent at Second Reading yesterday. 
Bill C-576, an Act to Amend the Criminal Code (personating a peace officer) will now proceed to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

“I am grateful for the outpouring of support that I have received from my colleagues,” said Dreeshen. “MPs from all parties have voiced their support for Bill C-576. However, there is still work to be done. The Bill will now be studied by the Justice Committee, and then reported back to the House for Third Reading,” Dreeshen explained.

The purpose of the 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.

“This Bill is about sentencing. It speaks to the need for tougher penalties for this particular crime,” said Dreeshen. “Victims must be assured that there will be serious consequences for criminals who have hurt them, and we need to preserve the trust and respect that citizens have for real police officers.”

Dreeshen looks forward to continuing to work with his colleagues in Parliament to pass Bill C-576.

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