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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 12, 2017 01:27 PM
From: Senator Guy Reschenthaler
To: All Senate members
Subject: Increasing the Penalty for Threatening Law Enforcement Officers
In the near future, I plan on introducing legislation that will increase the penalty for threatening law enforcement officers, sheriffs, or members of their family.

Members of our law enforcement community serve a vital role by protecting neighborhoods and families across the Commonwealth. By increasing this penalty, we can better protect officers and their families from harm so they can continue serving our communities throughout Pennsylvania into the future.

As a former magisterial district judge, I have worked with members of the law enforcement community and have experienced firsthand how indispensable their efforts are to the criminal justice system.

In this legislation, a section will be added in Title 18 that states a person who threatens death or serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer, a sheriff or deputy sheriff, or a member of their family or household will commit a felony of the third degree. A second or subsequent offense would constitute a felony of the second degree.

It is my hope that increasing this penalty will provide additional protection to the law enforcement community from violence.

I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this legislation. Please contact my office with any questions at 717-787-5839.

Introduced as SB510