State Rep. Ben McGorty (R-122) wants anyone who assaults an off-duty police officer to face increased criminal penalties, and legislation he has proposed this session of the Connecticut General Assembly aimed at accomplishing this was heard today in a public hearing of the legislature’s Public Safety Committee. McGorty testified before the committee to ask for support for his proposal.
“A police officer may have their shift end, but they never really go off-duty,” said Rep. McGorty, who serves parts of Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull. “Many times public safety requires them to go into action when they are present at an emergency, or are nearby. When that happens, they should be just as protected under our laws as they are when they are on their shift.”