Gov’t plans more severe penalties for assaulting police officers

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński announced that they made a decision to improve the safety of the police officers and increase fines for assaulting them. The decision follows an incident in which two officers were brutally attacked during an intervention in Dolnośląskie province, south-western Poland.

“The police officers should be certain that such incidents will not take place and that the state is backing them up,” the PM said.

Minister Kamiński said that systematic solutions are necessary. He announced that the penalties for attacking and insulting officers will be more severe.

“I declare that by the end of the month, I will have presented a draft of an amendment of these regulations, increasing the penalties for such felonies,” he said. It will also include an obligatory financial fine for perpetrators of such crimes.

Mr Kamiński said that in the years 2015-2020, around 20,000 cases of violating the personal inviolability of the police officers were recorded in Poland.

“Moreover, there were around 1,500 cases of aggravated assault on officers and ca. 50,000 cases of insulting them,” he said.

Brutal incident

On Saturday, two police officers were conducting an intervention in a village of Pastuchów, south-west Poland. Suddenly, a man attacked an officer with his bare hands, while the second police representative, a woman, was hit in the face by another man, who tried to escape. The recording of the incident was published on social media and quickly became viral.

The assailants have been detained quickly. Now they are in custody and await trial. If found guilty, they face up to 10 years in prison for assaulting police officers.