Neilson bill would protect enforcement officers from assault


HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., today introduced legislation that would provide protection to local code enforcement officers if they are assaulted while on the job.

House Bill 545 would include these public employees to a protected class in the event of an assault. The legislation would increase the penalty – from a misdemeanor of the second degree to a felony of the second degree – for an assault on a local code enforcement officer when they are on duty and they are injured.

“These public servants are performing thankless jobs every day by enforcing the law. They face unexpected and, many times, unnecessary problems with citizens that could result in injury,” Neilson said. “Our local code enforcement officers deserve the same protections as those in similar jobs where telling people what they don’t always want to hear may lead them to become hostile.”  

Pennsylvania law currently provides such protection to constables, teachers, parking enforcement officers and public utility employees.