A police officer was seriously assaulted in West Auckland on Thursday night and a 16-year-old has been charged.
It is the second reported assault on an officer in the area this year.
The officer was attacked on Swanson Rd in Ranui about 1.30am, suffering bruises to his face, and was treated at an accident and emergency centre.
A police spokesman said the attack happened after officers had tracked suspected car thieves to a property.
Three alleged offenders are appearing in the Waitakere District Court this morning. The 16-year-old has been charged with injuring with intent to injure.
The incident comes after an officer was shot at in central Auckland earlier this month while a female officer was knocked unconscious in an attack in Ranui in February.
Police Association president Greg O'Connor said attacks on police officers were becoming increasingly common.
"Sadly it's becoming almost a typical night at the office for police where the people out there are prepared to have a go at police seems to be on the increase.
"The uniform does not give the protection it once did."
Young offenders grew up "believing that police can't do anything", he said.
In February a female officer was punched in the face and knocked unconscious after she and another officer tried to arrest the occupants of a stolen car near Ranui Railway Station.
The 22-year-old officer was admitted to North Shore Hospital suffering mainly facial injuries.
An 18-year-old was charged over the attack.
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