Cumberland Times-News

December 1, 2012

Penalty stiffens for assault of wildlife officer


Cumberland Times-News

— HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe offered praise for the recent enactment of legislation to increase the penalties for assaulting a wildlife conservation officer or deputy WCO.  

The new law, which takes effect on Dec. 23, increases the maximum penalty to a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 40 years in prison.

Under the new law, the penalty will be the same penalty for assaulting any other law enforcement official, elected official, personnel of the court, teacher or psychiatric aid.

“The new law is of vital importance to the Game Commission,” Roe said. “It seeks fairness for the law enforcement officers who face dangerous situations in the fulfillment of their responsibilities, as demonstrated by the tragic death of WCO David Grove in 2010.”