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assaulting a peace officer

This is a criminal offence. If you assault a peace officer while they are doing their job, you can be charged with the criminal offence of “assaulting a peace officer”.  Police officers are peace officers, but the term peace officer can also apply to people in other jobs. For example, prison guards and bailiffs in a courtroom are also peace officers    You can be charged with this criminal offence if:

  • You assault the peace officer.
  • You try to assault the peace officer.
  • The peace officer believes you’re trying to assault them.
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