VIOLENCE towards police “will not be tolerated” and carries a severe penalty, warned one of Bunbury’s top cops after two police assaults on the weekend.
Bunbury Police officer-in-charge senior sergeant Peter Jenal told the Bunbury Mail his staff “are not punching bags” after two female officers were injured in separate incidents.
The first assault occurred on Friday night when a female in lock up punched a female officer on top of the head.
The second assault occurred on Victoria Street and Eliot Street when a female patron lashed out and punched a female officer on the chin on Saturday night.
Sergeant Jenal said it was concerning that people took their aggression out on police when they are here to do their job.
“My staff are not a punching bag and if people have problems with aggression they need to sort it out and not take it out on officers,” Senior Sergeant Jenal said.
“The officers were not seriously injured but we do not come to work to be punched.”
He said anyone who assaults an officer will be charged with the appropriate offence.
“It is a jailable offence if you cause bodily harm or serious injury to an officer and can also carry a substantial fine,” Sergeant Jenal warned.