MARK MORRI AND ANNABEL HENNESSY, The Daily Telegraph
BLOODIED and battered, this police officer was pushed down stairs during a domestic violence incident fuelled by the drug ice.
The police union yesterday released the photo in an extraordinary step to highlight the havoc the drug is wreaking in regional communities.
In an escalation of its push to secure more officers, the NSW Police Association also mapped out the areas with soaring numbers of meth addicts and dwindling police resources.
The officer sustained a large laceration to his head after he fell down a set of stairs when a 22-year-old woman allegedly jumped on his back as he attended an incident in Muswellbrook.
The young officer pictured responded to a call-out at Muswellbrook six weeks ago when he was attacked and pushed down a flight of stairs.
The senior constable is now on restricted duties — working just two hours a day.
A 22-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man are before the courts over the incident.
Police Association head Tony King said the combination of ice and domestic violence was frequently escalating into confrontations and putting enormous pressure on police.
“Every police officer knows how all-pervasive ice has become,” Mr King said.
“It dominates our work; it has links to domestic violence, mental health incidents, road fatalities, house and business break-ins, organised crime and it is destroying lives.”
The association also released Polair footage from an incident at a Central Coast home in April 2017 that shows five officers restraining an ice user, who they feared was going to attack his mother.
Screen grabs from Polair vision show a man affected by the drug ice struggling with a woman at a home on the Central Coast.Five officers were in attendance trying to arrest the man during a domestic incident at the Central Coast home.
The association wants an immediate doubling of officer numbers dealing directly with ice manufacture and supply — an extra 72 officers in regional NSW and 42 in Sydney.
It also released a list of crystal-meth regional hot-spots which shows that the number of drug incidents in the bush is three times higher than in the city.
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