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15 June 2021

The Northern Territory Police Association condemns the disgusting attack on a police officer who was spat on three times yesterday and asks why the NT Government has not yet increased sentencing for assaults on our members.

The Mutitjulu policeman was protecting the community and keeping people safe when he stopped a drunk driver on Yulara Drive.

An intoxicated female passenger has then begun behaving badly and spat on the officer three times, hitting his forehead and both eyes as she grabbed his thumb and tried to extend it backwards and verbally abused him.

He will now have to be tested to make sure he doesn’t have a communicable disease.

We also believe the offender should be tested.

“This is another vile and disgusting attack on one of our members,” NTPA President Paul McCue said.

“Every day, our members put their body on the line to protect us all.

“The government continues to sit on its hands on increases to the sentencing provisions in the Act, which must have a stronger deterrent for offenders who assault our police members.

“We have repeatedly asked the government to take action on this issue and they continue to sit on their hands.”

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