2022 Georgia Code
Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
Chapter 5 - Crimes Against the Person
Article 2 - Assault and Battery
§ 16-5-19. Definitions

Universal Citation: GA Code § 16-5-19 (2022)

As used in this article, the term:

  1. “Correctional officer” means any person who is authorized to exercise the power of arrest and who is employed or appointed by the Department of Corrections or the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.
  2. “Emergency health worker” means hospital emergency department personnel and emergency medical services personnel.
  3. “Firefighter” shall have the same meaning as set forth in Code Section 25-4-2.
  4. “Highway emergency response operator” means an individual employed by the Department of Transportation who operates a towing or recovery vehicle or highway maintenance vehicle.
  5. “Jail officer” means any person who is employed or appointed by a county or a municipality and who has the responsibility of supervising inmates who are confined in a municipal or county detention facility.
  6. “Juvenile correctional officer” means any person employed or appointed by the Department of Juvenile Justice who has the primary responsibility for the supervision and control of youth confined in its programs and facilities.
  7. “Officer of the court” means a judge, attorney, clerk of court, deputy clerk of court, court reporter, or court interpreter.
  8. “Probation officer” means a community supervision officer, county or Department of Juvenile Justice juvenile probation officer, or probation officer serving pursuant to Article 6 of Chapter 8 of Title 42.
  9. “Public safety officer” means peace officer, correctional officer, emergency health worker, firefighter, highway emergency response operator, jail officer, juvenile correctional officer, or probation officer.
  10. “Public transit vehicle” shall have the same meaning as set forth in Code Section 16-5-20.
  11. “Strangulation” means impeding the normal breathing or circulation of blood of another person by applying pressure to the throat or neck of such person or by obstructing the nose and mouth of such person.

History. Code 1981, § 16-5-19 , enacted by Ga. L. 2017, p. 500, § 3-1/SB 160.

Effective date. —

This Code section became effective July 1, 2017.

Editor’s notes.

Ga. L. 2017, p. 500, § 1-1/SB 160, not codified by the General Assembly, provides that: “This Act shall be known and may be cited as the ‘Back the Badge Act of 2017.’ ”

Law reviews.

For article on the 2017 enactment of this Code section, see 34 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 89 (2017).

For annual survey on criminal law, see 69 Mercer L. Rev. 73 (2017).

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