A police officer has been injured during a search for a missing person at Ballina.

About 5.40pm on Tuesday 12 May the 38-year-old female constable, attached to Ballina Police Station, was at the Skennars Head headland near Ballina with two other officers making inquiries into a missing person report.

While the two other officers were speaking to a number of people at the location, the constable made a brief search at the base of the cliff.

As she climbed a section of the cliff face, a rock she was using for support gave way and the officer tumbled approximately ten metres to the ground.

She suffered a suspected fractured right leg and cuts to her forehead in the fall and lost consciousness a number of times.

She was treated at the scene before being airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital for further treatment.

She is currently in a stable condition.