Drug needle jabs police officer

AN Allora police officer will have six months of blood tests after he was jabbed with a used syringe during a house search.

Police were executing a search warrant at Neale Ave, Allora, at about 11am Friday when a male police officer was injured.

It is believed the officer was searching through clothing when he came into contact with the used syringe.

The woman responsible for the syringe volunteered to undergo blood screening at the Warwick Hospital immediately after the incident.

Allora Police officer-in-charge Sergeant Des Canning said, fortunately, initial blood tests looked to be clear.

“We don’t believe (the woman who used the syringe) had any communicable sicknesses,” he said.

“We haven’t got results back – the officer just took the screening to put his mind at ease. However the officer still has to go through a six-month period of screening.”

The woman had told police officers she had some syringes in the home but Sgt Canning said she’d forgotten about this particular one.

“She was sorry and remorseful about the incident,” he said. “She thought she’d disclosed all (the needles) she had."

“She was very sorry to the officer and was very co-operative with the police during the incident, including volunteering to have a blood screening.”

Despite initial results of an all-clear, Sgt Canning said the incident was a stressful time for the officer and his family.

“Doing drug raids is always a high-risk activity which can result in what’s occurred,” he said.

“(The officer) is OK. He’s a married man with children and it’s obviously a stressful time but he’s come into work and not had any time off.

“He’s a very good police officer, a special man and he’s good at what he does.”

Two Allora women, aged 42 and 39, were arrested and charged on Sunday as a result of the search and injury.

They were charged with two counts of possessing dangerous drugs (cannabis), one count of using a premises for an indictable offence and one count of failing to dispose of a syringe.

Sgt Canning said this was the first incident of its kind at Allora.

Got info on crime? Call 4660 4444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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