Former AFP Officer To Shine a Light On the Hidden Trauma of Police Work

Former federal police officer David Savage, new patron of the AUSPOL – Police Welfare Foundation, hopes his experience of post-traumatic stress disorder will help police officers doing it tough.

The physical injuries David Savage suffered when a child suicide bomber exploded beside him in Afghanistan proved a shadow of the trauma he would experience in his own mind. 

Mr Savage, a former federal police officer, was working for AusAID at Tarin Kowt when the 12-year-old boy detonated his vest several metres away in early 2012.

About 60 ball bearings tore into his flesh and critically injured every part of his body except his right arm. He also sustained a mild traumatic brain injury.

His phsyical struggle was compounded by post-traumatic stress disorder, which brought nightmares and flashbacks that saw him relive not only the explosion, but difficult experiences from more than two decades as a police officer. 

Read more in Canberra Times.


Source: www.canberratimes.com.au


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