Two NT police officers required medical treatment after they were allegedly assaulted in separate incidents on Wednesday in the Darwin area, authorities said.
The first incident happened around 3:30pm yesterday, when an auxiliary officer was allegedly assaulted by a 32-year-old man at the Darwin Watch House.
At around 11:30pm, a constable was also allegedly assaulted by a 36-year-old man while responding to an incident at a residence in Berrimah.
Details of the alleged assaults were not revealed in the police report, however police said officers needed medical treatment.
The two men have been “additionally” charged with assaulting a member of the police force.
NT Police also did not detail what other charges have been laid against the two suspects.
No hearing date was mentioned in the police report.
“Attacks on our members as they go about their duties protecting and serving the community are despicable,” Commander Daniel Bacon said.
“Everyone deserves to go about their work without the fear of aggression and both these men will have to answer for that additional charge when facing court.”
According to NT laws, the maximum penalties range from two years to five years in prison for assaults on people in the course of their employment. If a police officer suffers harm it increases to between three and seven years.
If they suffer serious harm, the maximum penalty is imprisonment for 16 years.
In August, NT Police Association president Paul McCue called on the Gunner Government for tougher penalties on people who assault police.
Mr McCue said the Territory government has continually failed to make any significant change in tougher sentencing for assaults on frontline workers.
“Territory police officers being assaulted in a horrific manner is becoming all too common and there must be a strong message from the NT government to anyone who attacks a police officer,” he said at the time.
“The government has failed to take any action despite our concern over many years.”