National: ‘We need tougher penalties to protect our Police dogs’

National: ‘We need tougher penalties to protect our Police dogs’

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National says the punishment for killing a police dog should be extended from a maximum of two years to a maximum of around five years.

“Like many New Zealanders, I am outraged by the recent shooting of a police dog in the line of duty in Northland, leaving the police dog critically injured,” National MP for Waimakariri Matt Doocey says.

“The current penalty for injuring or killing a police dog in this country is two years’ jail or a fine of up to $15,000, or both. This is too lenient.”

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“In countries and territories like the United States, Canada, and South Australia, the penalties for killing a police dog are between five and 10 years’ imprisonment.”

Many people that Matt Doocey speaks to want a greater outcome put in place in New Zealand to protect police dogs who work hard to keep people safe.

The National MP drafted a members bill — named the Policing (Killing or Injuring Police Dogs) Amendment Bill which would provide a greater deterrent and bring specific laws into line with other countries.

“If the Government wants to make real change to protect our police dogs, then it will adopt this bill and pass it into law,” Matt Doocey says.

“Training a police dog in New Zealand costs about $60,000. They are called out more than 40,000 times a year nationwide. These dogs work hard and are valuable assets in fighting crime.

“Our police dogs are as much a part of our police force as an officer. They protect us, and they deserve our protection.”

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