Darling Downs Newest Police Officers Pound the Beat With High Aspirations

They just graduated from the police academy last week, but six new cops already have high aspirations of becoming the commissioner.

While they may have been joking around, these fresh faces are ready to do their part for the community as some of Queensland’s newest police officers.

First-year-constables Alyx Still, Greg Doyle, Paul Rodgers and Will Sullivan will spend the next 12 months at the Toowoomba station while Luke Reid and Sam Acutt will be stationed in Gatton.

Read more and watch the report in The Chronicle.

Source: www.thechronicle.com.au

New South Wales Police Senior Constable Ashlyn Johansson Earns a 100 Per Cent Rating Twice

Parkes Police officer, Senior Constable Ashlyn Johansson received a huge surprise and honour last week when NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione made a special presentation to her.

Commissioner Scipione and NSW Police Minister and Deputy Premier, Troy Grant were on a tour of the central west and called in to inspect the new Parkes Police Station.

“I implemented a special program when I came into office to check on how our officers provide their customer service,” Commissioner Scipione explained. “I am here today to announce that Senior Constable Johansson has received a 100 per cent rating – not just once, but twice!”

Read more in the Parkes Champion Post.

Source: www.parkeschampionpost.com.au

A delighted Senior Constable Ashlyn Johansson with her letter of congratulations, with proud fellow officers from Parkes Police Station at the presentation – from left, Inspector Nicholas Weyland, Inspector David Cooper, Sergeant Adrian Matthews, Senior Constable Sandra Barton, Sergeant Peter Gibson, Senior Constable Ashlyn Johansson, Sergeant Ben Dawson, Detective Senior Constable Paula Farmer, Detective Senior Constable Anthony Durkin, Commissioner Andrew Scipione, Detective Senior Constable Dale Holmes, Superintendent Chris Taylor, and Detective Sergeant Steve Howard. Photo: Roel ten Cate.

Richmond Hill Police Train for High Stress Situations

Steve Scholar for Bryan County Now RHPD Cpl. Paul Carter aim his Glock training pistol on "bad guy" Cpl. Keith Welch, who holds down Cpl. Bobby Linton.
Steve Scholar for Bryan County Now RHPD Cpl. Paul Carter aim his Glock training pistol on “bad guy” Cpl. Keith Welch, who holds down Cpl. Bobby Linton.

Richmond Hill, Georgia, police officer Cpl. Paul Carter took aim and fired his Glock 17T training pistol on fellow officer Cpl. Keith Welch successfully putting two marking rounds on his shoulder.

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East Region Puppy Patrol: A Day In the Life of a Trainee Police Dog In the BCH Dog Unit

A nine week old German Shepherd puppy has joined the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police Dog Unit – and is taking is first steps towards becoming a police dog.

Part of this process includes finding out how the dog reacts to certain situations and potential obstacles, such as open staircases and reflective surfaces. There is also a large focus on getting the dog to socialise and encouraging the pup the play is also high on the agenda.

Read more on ITV.

Source: www.itv.com

The new arrival. Photo credit: BCH Police Dogs

Sky News Journalist Laughs At Victoria Police Officer’s Shooting

Peter Van Onselen, the anchor for PVO NewsHour on SKY NEWS Live, laughed off the Victoria Police press briefing regarding Moonee Ponds shooting of Constable Ben Ashmole.

During his chat about Bill Shorten and Bronwyn Bishop, the broadcast was interrupted to show the Victoria Police press briefing on the arrest of two men charged with shooting an officer in Moonee Ponds.

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Why Mental Health Awareness is So Important to Policing

Elizabeth Shiftwell from Humanizing the Badge writes:

I want to talk about a global issue.  It’s not an easy subject.  It doesn’t segregate based on sexual orientation, race, gender or occupation.  In fact, it doesn’t segregate at all.  It doesn’t prowl on the weak because they are easy targets and it doesn’t attack the strong out of jealousy or envy.  It’s around every corner; sometimes lurking in the shadows and sometimes standing in broad daylight.  What is this mysterious creature that is often so terrifying in silence?  Depression. Depression or the various forms of mental health disorders affect all of us in one way or another. (…)

If you think about the aspects of being a solider or a police officer, they are expected to have it together all the time. As a society, we don’t allow them to be human.  We don’t allow them to be flawed.  We don’t allow them to be human.   We have forced them to keep shoving more grief and more compartmentalized emotions into their own emotional suitcases until it finally busts at the seams.

Read more on the Humanizing the Badge blog. 

Source: www.humanizingthebadge.com

Elizabeth Shiftwell is an author, podcaster and speaker, writing about very important and current issues in policing in her blog: Humanizing the Badge.

Creative Police Photography Contest Results

You have spoken and the results are in!

Earlier in July we have asked you to vote for the best and most creative photos involving WA Police. Western Australia’s Police stations were also asked to tag their photos with #creativecopspics to show off their creativity and skills, and compete with other WA Police stations in a fun and friendly contest.

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Truths That People With PTSD Wish Others Understood

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a condition that will affect an estimated 7.8 percent of Americans at some point in their lives, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s a psychiatric disorder that can be caused by life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents or physical or sexual assault.

The Mighty wanted to raise awareness and spread understanding of this serious and often debilitating condition. So together with the PTSD Support and Recovery Facebook page, they asked people who live with the conditionwhat they wish others could understand about it. This is what they had to say.

1. “It isn’t just war veterans who suffer from it. It’s caused by being in any traumatic situation, such as mental, physical or sexual abuse. Car accidents or watching a traumatic incident can also cause it.” – Julianne Parker Jeppesen.

Read more on Yahoo Health.

Source: www.yahoo.com

Santa Cruz Police Officer With PTSD Fights for Disability Retirement

For many years, former Santa Cruz police officer Josafat “Joe” Rodriguez Jr. didn’t know he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

A veteran of the Persian Gulf War, the 44 year old from Salinas at first didn’t acknowledge that the wail of a police siren triggered memories of sirens he heard during the war. The desert sirens warned of nerve-gas attacks, and Rodriguez would don a gas mask and take cover with his fellow Marines.

As a Santa Cruz police officer years later, Rodriguez joined the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Team and participated in guns-drawn drug raids on homes that also reminded him of the war. Even working at the police station, where people walked casually in halls carrying guns and wearing uniforms, was enough to give him an anxiety attack.

Now, according to attorneys involved in a court case that has spanned five years, an inability from him or anyone else to recognize his symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder may cost him a disability retirement worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Shaffman, Rodriguez’ attorney, said Rodriguez struggled for a long time to understand his own mental health problems. He has since remarried and had a third child.

“Rodriguez gave enormous service and sacrifice to his country and this community at great personal cost. “He has no anger towards the city for how he has been treated, as he understands no one realized when he left that he was suffering from PTSD,” said Shaffman.

Now, Shaffman said, “His deepest desire is to continue to heal his own PTSD and help his fellow war veterans heal theirs.”

The Veterans Affairs crisis line can be reached at 800-273-8255 ext. 1 or by texting 838255 or visiting www.VeteransCrisisLine.net.

Read more in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Source: www.santacruzsentinel.com

Canada Introduces Five Years Jail Sentences For Killing Police Dogs And Service Animals

A new federal law that institutes a maximum jail sentence of five years for anyone convicted of intentionally killing a police dog or service animal is now in effect.

On Thursday, Tim Uppal, the federal minister of state for multiculturalism, met with Edmonton police officers to mark the enactment of Quanto’s Law.

The law was named for Edmonton police dog Quanto, who was fatally stabbed in the RCMP headquarters parking lot while he was helping to apprehend a fleeing suspect nearly two years ago.

Paul Joseph Vukmanich was sentenced to 26 months after pleading guilty to six charges, including one for killing the dog. At the time, the only charge that could be laid relating to the death of Quanto was animal cruelty, accounting for 18 months of the total sentence.

The sentencing prompted heated discussion Canada-wide about the need to send a strong message to those who would hurt a service animal.

In 2014, the federal Conservatives brought forward Bill C-35; the Justice for Animals in Service Act, and passed the legislation creating a specific charge for harming service animals, including police dogs, horses, and other service animals.

“This sends a strong message to anyone that was to injure or kill a service animal in the line of duty will be met with very serious consequences,” Tim Uppal said. “They’re there to protect us and we should be protecting them.”

Read more in the Huffington Post.

Source: www.huffingtonpost.ca

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