THE PO­LICE PER­SPEC­TIVE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

AT least 80 per cent of vi­o­lent in­ci­dents at­tended by po­lice, in­clud­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, in­volve the use of the drug ice.

Po­lice are of­ten first to see the dev­as­tat­ing re­sults when peo­ple take the drug.

Kens­ing­ton po­lice of­fi­cer, First-Class Con­sta­ble Dar­ren Hyde has seen the ef­fects of the drug first hand.

“Sev­eral times we have been out and have had to re­strain peo­ple so the am­bos can do their job,” he said.

“These are not big peo­ple, but just very strong due to what the drug is do­ing to them – they are just rag­ing.

“The im­pact of the drug is so far reach­ing and can be as­so­ci­ated with men­tal health is­sues such as para­noid states, which means they are hard to rea­son with.”

Con­sta­ble Hyde re­cently at­tended the Na­tional Ice Task­force fo­rum held in Perth’s south­ern sub­urbs and he said there was a need for the com­mu­nity to get to­gether more of­ten to try to tackle the is­sue.

“The in­crease in use of metham­phetamine is a huge con­cern for ev­ery­one and a multi-agency ap­proach is needed,” he said.

“It is not just your ar­che­typal drug user, we see mums and dads man­u­fac­tur­ing it, FIFO work­ers on four-day binges.

“Peo­ple don’t re­alise how far reach­ing it is be­cause it is so tiny and peo­ple will take the risk to man­u­fac­ture it be­cause it is prof­itable.”

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