A BALLARAT police officer has been stabbed multiple times after stopping to help a woman in a domestic dispute on the Midland Highway near Geelong.
The police officer, whose name has not been released at the request of family, was in a Melbourne hospital yesterday in a serious but stable condition after the incident on the Midland Highway in Batesford, about 9pm on Wednesday.
Victoria Police spokeswoman Belinda Batty told The Age he was travelling from Geelong when he noticed a man and a woman who were arguing inside a car parked on the side of the highway.
After turning his vehicle around to investigate the issue, the officer allegedly discovered that man had got out of his car and was standing in the middle of the highway.
The officer parked his vehicle and approached the man on foot.
The offender then allegedly stabbed him multiple times using an unknown weapon, before fleeing into nearby paddocks.
Police arrested a 23-year-old Grovedale man in paddocks near the scene just before 1am and charged him with intentionally causing serious injury.
Police Association secretary Greg Davies said he was a conscientious police officer who had stopped to assist a woman.
“It is a very dangerous game policing,” he said.
“Police know there’s always the possibility this sort of thing can happen. It can happen in a crowd, in a licensed venue or in a residential area – it can happen anywhere.”
He said in rural Victoria, police often had to work on their own and it was of real concern.
When a police officer was hurt it affected more than just the individual, he said.
“When this sort of thing happens to a police officer once, sometimes their family members wonder if they are going to see them again if they go to work,” Senior Sergeant Davies said.