Hunt speaks up about syringe dangers
QUEENSLAND Party Police, Corrections and Emergency Services Spokesperson Darren Hunt has said a needle-stick injury sustained by an Allora police officer highlights the dangers faced by Queensland Police officers.
“This incident, where the police officer was accidentally jabbed with a used syringe, demonstrates the dangers our brave men and women in the Queensland Police Service face on a daily basis,” Mr Hunt said.
“The Queensland Party extends their thoughts, prayers and best wishes to the officer involved and his family, friends and colleagues.”
The calls come after an Allora police officer was accidentally jabbed with an uncapped syringe during a drug search last Friday.
The officer was searching through clothing when he came into contact with the needle.
Two women have been charged with drug offences as a result of the search and one of them has also been charged with failing to properly dispose of a syringe.
Initial disease testing has returned negative results but the officer will have to undergo a six-month program of screening and treatment.
“These types of injuries pose the same level of risk to our police as assaults and weapons,” Mr Hunt said.
“This highlights the need for the introduction of retractable syringes.
“We hope the officer is not subjected to any illness or disease as a result of this incident.
“We extend our thoughts to the family of the officer involved, who will also be impacted through this process.”
The incident comes as thousands have gathered on the Gold Coast today to farewell Senior Constable Damien Leeding, who was shot during a bungled hotel robbery on May 29 and died the following week after his life support was turned off.
Three people have since been charged with his murder.