A gruesome photo of a bloodied policewoman has highlighted the dangers officers face every day in the line of duty, the police union says.
The Police Association of NSW shared the graphic image of Sergeant Rachael Robins who was allegedly attacked while at Wyong police station on the Central Coast earlier this week.
She was allegedly attacked by a drug affected person in custody and suffered multiple facial injuries.
A police union spokesperson told 2GB she was offering the man in custody a cup of tea when the alleged attack took place.
The photo shows the officer in a hospital bed with a swollen face and blood-stained shirt.
She sustained a broken nose and a deep gash to her face and was taken to Wyong Hospital for treatment where she required stitches.
While Sgt Robins has since been released from hospital, the PANSW shared the image via social media to remind people such incidents are commonplace and can occur daily with the dangers police face on the streets.
“This is just another example of the dangers our members face everyday,” the PANSW wrote on Facebook.
There has been a wave of support from social media users after the image was shared on Wednesday.
“Thank you for protecting us. I’m so sad it comes to this Rachel but you have friends out here you don’t even know you have,” one person wrote on Facebook.
The man accused of the attack has been charged with multiple offences including assaulting a police officer and will appear in court in May.
Last year, WA police union released images of another female officer who had been bitten on the neck while on duty.
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