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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

New Law Provides Up To 40 Year Prison Term For Assaulting Game Wardens

GAME COMMISSION PRAISES ENACTMENT OF NEW LAW TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR ASSAULTING A WILDLIFE CONSERVATION OFFICER

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe offered praise for the recent enactment of legislation to increase the penalties for assaulting a Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) or Deputy WCO. The new law, which takes effect on Dec. 23, increases the maximum penalty for anyone convicted of assaulting a WCO or Deputy WCO to a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 40 years in prison.

Under the new law, Act 150 of 2012, the penalty of assaulting a Wildlife Conservation Officer of the Game Commission will be the same penalty for assaulting any other law enforcement official, elected official, personnel of the court, teacher or psychiatric aid.

“The new law is of vital importance to the Game Commission,” Roe said. “It seeks fairness for the law enforcement officers who face dangerous situations in the fulfillment of their responsibilities, as demonstrated by the tragic death of WCO David Grove in 2010.This new law takes a giant step in the protection of Game Commission officers and does so in a way that is consistent with other similar law enforcement personnel.”

Act 150 was introduced as House Bill 1417 by state Rep. Edward Staback, who is the House Game and Fisheries Committee Democrat chairman. The bill passed the House unanimously, and was approved in the Senate by a vote of 45-4. Gov. Tom Corbett signed the bill into law on Oct. 24.

16 comments :

Anonymous said...

Funny how the penalty for a cop assaulting a citizen is a gold metal and promotion...

Anonymous said...

Yes I heard of an incedent in Coudersport. The cops split a young mans head open and while they stapled him up The cops joked and laughped about it. They wonder why so many of the locals are getting an attude about the local cops.

Anonymous said...

This is LONG LONG LONG overdue...

Anonymous said...

The same law should apply towards these law enforcement officers.What is good for the goose is good for the gander. All I ever see them doing is riding around on atvs and their trucks. I think they wear out a vehicle a year in travel alone. They should have to obide by laws also and not try to trap people just to make a bust. I see lots of dead deer by the road side just rotten away. Years ago it was up to these people to dispose of them. try an enfore the atv laws of Pa. and i would be happy. Our road is like a four lane atv path a lot of times,going well over 5 mph. Enough said. .

Anonymous said...

These are Game Wardens posters. Yes long over due. Especially when everyone they address has a firearm.

Anonymous said...

As long as they don't mind that the door swings both ways. With more power comes a greater need for restraint.

Anonymous said...

@6:06

People constantly complain about all the drugs, cabin breakins, and other crime in the area.

ATV's are one of the few sober activities available. I think the police have bigger priorities and as long as nobody is in serious danger or driving them drunk they need to consider just looking the other way.

When people get bored they too often turn to drugs and alcohol. We are losing the youth already. Please do not crack down on one of the sober activities they have left.

Anonymous said...

Power 8:08? How does this give them more power? Protection maybe, but certainly not more power.

Anonymous said...

Hey, when your in the company of Law Enforcement, you got two choices, the easy way or the hard way. So you chose the hard way then cry about it to your court appointed lawyer. Come on.

I know cops that have been attacked and assaulted by drugged up lowlifes - then the system drops the felony to a misdemeanor.

Thats why, when YOU choose the hard way, they do what they do.

Law Enforcement doesn't sign up to let people beat their ass.

So maybe the next time you wanna be a BIG MAN, try choosing the easy way for once. It will save you and him alot of trouble.

Anonymous said...

Very well put 9:50am....

Mouse

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA yeah.... Ok

Anonymous said...

kick my but anyday..please dont shoot;they have the authority..so just let them do their jobs..when you choose the hard way////

Anonymous said...

have a world of respect for local and state police and none for the pgc they are so crooked they cant walk a straight line now they are protected even more what a joke!!!!

Anonymous said...

4:53pm,

Did you get caught with your hands in the cookie jar? Must have. If you are a poacher and got caught, good! You were stealing from all of the sportsmen. I am sure you got what you deserved...

Mouse

Anonymous said...

hey mouse never got caught poaching never poached just every time you talk to a game warden they automaticly treat you like you are a criminal so take your opinion and your self and stick it

Anonymous said...

PGW will arrest you for just leaning a loaded rifle up against your vehicle. I'm all for enforcing the law, but these guys make a point of getting into peoples faces and trumping up criminal charges when none were committed. I have absolutely no respect for them. All our other law enforcement agencies have oversight to prevent what PGW get away with all the time. The last thing they need is MORE protection. Having a badge does not give LE a right to treat its lawful citizens like criminals, nor does it give them a right to illegal search a seizures.