Special Report: Police PTSD

It’s no secret police officers are under fire right now, but they have always lived under incredible pressure. And they have always kept quiet about it.

They’re trained to suck it up and deal with the stress in private. But what happens when you just can’t suck it up anymore?

 

“You’re always taught to rub a little dirt on it and get back in the game,”Warren County patrol officer Jimmy Banish said. “You are basically Superman.  Put this vest on. Put the badge on. You are Superman. It doesn’t happen like that.”

Banish knows that better than anyone. Growing up in a close family of five kids, the three brothers all went into law enforcement.

Wearing those badges with such pride, his older brother, Joe, became a state trooper at the age of 21.

“He was just a cop’s cop,” Banish said. “His people loved him!”

And he loved them. Rising through the ranks to sergeant and then lieutenant, Joe scored a coveted job at the New York State Police Academy in Albany where he could shape young troopers.

But Banish said that’s where things fell apart and depression reared it’s ugly head.

Depression is a silent killer, especially in a police culture that discourages any acknowledgement of depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and mental illness.

Read more and watch the report at News 10 ABC.

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