Female cop allegedly attacked

A YOUNG policewoman was searching a North Rockhampton home when the man living there allegedly jumped out of a wardrobe he was hiding in and attacked her.

The 22-year-old was the fifth police officer to be seriously assaulted in Rockhampton in the past six days and four out of the five have been females.

She was taken to hospital after suffering bad bruising to her neck as a result of the alleged assault at Norman Gardens in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Acting Police Assistant Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said there had been an increasing trend in violent behaviour towards police officers of late and in most cases young women were being targeted by men.

“Assault is a complete disregard for police who are doing their job and protecting the community and we won't tolerate it,” Assistant Commissioner Gollschewski said yesterday.

Regional crime co-ordinator Detective Inspector Jon Wacker said the constable was conducting a search of the residence with another officer when the alleged offender physically assaulted her about 1.45am.

He said both officers were still shaken up by the traumatic experience yesterday and were receiving support from their peers and a human services officer.

The alleged offender, 24, was held overnight.

Late yesterday he was charged with serious assault of a police officer and he is expected to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning.

Inspector Wacker said the offence carried a jail sentence of up to seven years.

- Amy Formosa



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