The police should be protected while they reasonably are carrying out their official duties, and courts have regarded offences against the police, especially the offence of assaulting police, as serious.
A person convicted of committing such an offence will often receive a prison sentence.
Under s 5AA(1)(c) of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 (SA) an offence is aggravated if the offender committed the offence gainst a police officer, prison officer or other law enforcement officer knowing that the victim was acting in the course of her or his official duty; or in retribution for something the offender belived to have been done by the victim in the course of her or his official duty.
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