Police Minister Michelle Roberts has said the Western Australian Police officers need better protection following an incident in which a man allegedly attacked a police officer with a samurai sword.
Ms Roberts said that police are “absolutely” facing increasingly more violent criminals, and linked the increased violence to Methamphetamine.
She also criticised the previous Barnett Liberal government, saying they “did nothing” to improve the safety of officers on the frontline.
The police officer suffered a head wound, but has since left hospital, after being attacked by a man wielding a samurai sword.
Ms Roberts acknowledged the attack and the effect that attacks like this, and other dangers can have on officers and their families.
“My thoughts go out to that officer and his family, and indeed all police families,” she said.
The officer was called to the Parkin Street home in Rockingham in relation to a domestic violence call, and was conducting inquiries at the time.
The man allegedly left the scene prior to police arrival, returning with the sword and attacking one of the officers.
Backup officers came to the scene and the man was tasered during efforts to restrain him.
The attack caused a large wound to the officer’s head, requiring a number of stitches, though the officer was released from Royal Perth Hospital overnight.
The 45-year old Beeliar man has been charged with multiple counts of breach of violence restraining orders, armed in a way to cause fear and one count of intent to maim by unlawful wounding.
He is due to appear before the Rockingham Magistrates Court on Thursday.