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Regional NSW Police Officers Do It Tougher Than City Colleagues And Deserve Better Support

An Illawarra police compensation lawyer has warned that officers in regional areas are doing it tougher than their city colleagues and called for better resources and support.

Erin Sellars, from the Slater and Gordon police compensation team, said officers working in rural and regional NSW were often forced to work on their own, with fewer resources and with unreliable radio communications.

“This creates a risk of significant injury to police officers,” Ms Sellars said.

Country regions often had inconsistent and unreliable communication coverage and in some geographically isolated areas police had to wait 30 minutes or more for any back-up.

The NSW Police Force said it was the best trained and best equipped police force in the country.

“Police are aware to constantly assess risk, no matter what the environment,” a spokesman said.

“NSW Police Force is more than conscious of its obligations under work health and safety legislation and employee safety is a major priority.

“We are working with the Police Association to resolve any issues and we will continue to do so.”

Read more in Latrobe Valley Express.

Source: www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au

National Support Line Set Up For Vulnerable Police Officers In The United Kingdom

A national support line for officers who are vulnerable has been set up through a joint partnership between the Police Federation of England and Wales and the Police Firearms Officers Association. 

The Welfare Support Programme will be able to access the right kind of help for officers who are considered vulnerable for any reason, which could include involvement in death or serious injury incidents, suspension from duty or potentially as a result of medical or personal reasons. 

The service can also help the families of officers and those dependent on them. 
The programme will provide a 24/7 support line manned by trained professionals; and a full-time welfare support officer who will work alongside federation representatives to support officers and their immediate families.
It is available to subscribing members of the Federation who have been involved in a death or serious injury incident at work that results in post incident investigation and to officers who are suspended from duty.
To access the programme, the National Federation said contact must initially be made with a local branch board or contact: stuart@pfoa.co.uk

Read more on Metropolitan Police Federation website.

Source: www.metfed.org.uk

Wounded Blue Fundraiser Supports Alabama Law enforcement

It’s no secret that in some communities across the country, tensions are high right now between police officers and the people they serve.

A local organization that supports Alabama’s officers, called Wounded Blue, is dedicated to helping those officers when they need it most.

Friday, Wounded Blue celebrated a milestone– their first annual benefit dinner. They wanted to raise money to continue their mission of aiding and encouraging law enforcement who are injured in the line of duty.

“We want to make sure that they’re taken care of and they’re not forgotten,” said Freda Muncey, the organization’s founder.

Watch the report on WHNT 19 News.

Source: whnt.com

Tribute To Edmonton Police Service Constable Daniel Woodall

Constable Woodall, a father of two, served with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) for four years before he was recruited in 2006 to serve with Edmonton Police Service’s hate crimes unit, beginning a new family life in the province of Alberta, and had been with the service for eight years. He was in patrol before joining the hate crime unit. Speaking to the Edmonton Journal earlier this year about anti-Semitic vandalism at a city synagogue, he said that no organization or person should have to be the victim of a hate crime.

Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht called the shooting “a tragedy of unspeakable proportions,” saying Constable Woodall leaves behind a wife and two young children. Knecht said he was described as a good officer and family man, with a sense of humour and a love of soccer.

“His job was to protect all of us from harm, victimization, and criminal activity. We will forever be in his debt for his actions this evening,” said Knecht, speaking to reporters gathered at EPS headquarters early Tuesday morning about Woodall’s actions. He was the first officer to be killed on duty in Edmonton for 25 years.

Woodall’s wife posted on Twitter Tuesday morning: “Your generous outpouring of love for myself and my boys fills my heart. He is my hero, our boys’ hero & Edmonton’s newest hero. #EPSstrong”

Sgt. Maurice Brodeur, president of the Edmonton Police Association, said he knew Woodall for years and just “had some laughs with him” on Friday. This latest tragedy could trigger PTSD in some officers. There are resources out there for officers, including a chaplain, fellow police officers, and an on-call psychologist. “In this line of work, we see things that most people don’t see. And the death of a police officer, of a fellow officer, is by far the worst thing because we’re the protectors,” Brodeur said. “When one of yours goes down, you can just never be ready for that.”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is sending his condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of an Edmonton police officer who was fatally shot Monday. The prime minister says he is deeply saddened at the death of Const. Daniel Woodall. He is also offering prayers for the speedy recovery of Sgt. Jason Harley, who was wounded in the same incident.

“It is a very difficult reminder that police officers across our country put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect our communities and keep us safe,” Harper says.

Asked what he would say to his officers on the street, Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said: “Be safe.”

“This is something that I think most police officers reflect upon when they join the police service and throughout their careers, and this strikes at the very heart of every police officer and certainly their families and loved ones,” he said. “As most of them would say, only through the grace of God go I. That’s certainly the case this evening.”

See Edmontonians leave porch lights on to pay tribute to fallen officer.

Source: news.nationalpost.com

The US Army’s New Plan To Help Soldiers With PTSD

Army officials want to be more proactive, meeting soldiers in the very environment where anxiety festers. Even though fewer troops are now going into war zones, Army officials are still struggling to connect soldiers with the appropriate treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder amid a surge in PTSD cases in recent years. However, an impending overhaul of the Army’s mental health care system could help extend immediate, personalized care to those who need it most.

The proposed reforms would bring an influx of mental health specialists to meet the growing demand among soldiers. On-base intensive mental health resources would replace private psychiatric hospitals, and counseling teams would work closely with troops. Doctors who tag along with soldiers in these units regularly meet with commanders to discuss the progress of the people whom they consider to be high-risk cases.

Mental trauma counts among the top issues affecting members of the Armed Forces. Last July, a national survey of more than 2,000 members of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America — which includes members of the Army, Marines, Air Force, and Navy — found that more than 60 percent of respondents said they have been diagnosed with PTSD or traumatic brain injuries. More than 30 percent of respondents also said they have thought about taking their own lives since joining the military.

Read more on thinkprogress.org.


Source: thinkprogress.org

Ed: Meet the new plan, same as the old plan? Hopefully not. Time for action is now, we need real solutions implemented ASAP.