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Cape Gazette: Targeting false statements to law enforcement officers subject of legislation
Attorney General Beau Biden and a bipartisan group of lawmakers have announced legislation that will create a felony offense of providing false information to law enforcement officers.
Senate Bill 209 was introduced yesterday. Individuals who purposefully provide false information to police investigating a crime would be guilty of a Class G felony under the legislation and face the penalty of up to two years in jail.
The federal government and other states have laws that punish those who lie to police officers. This legislation adds to Delaware’s existing false reporting law by making it a crime to knowingly provide a false statement to law-enforcement in order to prevent, hinder or delay an investigation.
“I’m proud to be working with members of the General Assembly, some of whom are former police officers, to address this significant problem,” Biden said.
“Government’s most fundamental responsibility is to protect the public,” Biden said. “Those who lie to police officers protect criminals, force law enforcement officers to waste valuable time and threaten public safety. I am proud to be working with former police officers in the legislature to address a significant problem that our police agencies confront every day.”