PTSD Explained, Ten Years After 7/7

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder which affects a minority of people who are exposed to traumatic events such as 7/7. Whilst large scale terrorist incidents are thankfully rare, around 2/3 of people will experience one such an event throughout their lifetime. Of course people working in trauma-exposed roles (e.g. the emergency services, military, train drivers, journalists etc) are likely to have to deal with traumatic events repeatedly throughout the course of their careers. It’s worth pointing out that the majority of people exposed to traumatic events experience some short-term distress which resolves without the need for professional intervention although unfortunately the small proportion who do develop the disorder are unlikely to seek help. Instead most battle on despite their symptoms and their quality of life is likely to be substantially reduced; evidence suggests that around 70% of people who suffer with PTSD in the UK do not receive any professional help at all. In other parts of the world where it has been recognized that marijuana can be used to treat the symptoms, individuals can self medicate by going to a weed shop in states where it is legal. As that is not an option in the UK, many people suffering from PTSD continue without help. The disorder also impacts upon loved ones, work colleagues and more widely too. People who suffer with mental health problems, including but not limited to PTSD, are likely to perform poorly at work which for people in safety critical roles (e.g. train drivers) can lead to disastrous consequences for large number of people.

Read more in Huffington Post.


Muslim Leaders Urged To Boycott Ramadan Dinners Organised By Australian Federal Police

Muslim community members are urging their leaders, imams and representatives to boycott Ramadan dinners being held this year by the Australian Federal Police.

A group called Concerned Muslims Australia has started a petition on and encouraged all Muslims to stay away from the annual events in Sydney and Melbourne this month.

Nearly 500 people have already signed the petition, with some commenting that their reason for joining is that the AFP “stab us in the back and then invite us for dinner”.

Another comment read “it is incredulous that the same agencies that harass, discriminate and target the Muslim community would expect it to break bread with them. Not only incredible but disingenuous in the extreme.”

Read more in Naracoorte Herald.


Victoria Police Officer In Hospital After A Hit And Run In Melbourne

A Victoria Police officer has been taken to hospital after being struck by a motorbike he had pulled over, in a hit-run incident at Vermont in Melbourne’s east.

The officer had just intercepted a red and white motorbike at the intersection of Canterbury Road and Mitcham Road in Vermont at 8:00pm and was approaching the rider when he took off.

The rider hit the officer and ran a red light as he sped away.

The policeman was taken to hospital with bruising and swelling.

Read more on ABC News.


Western Australia Police Officers Injured Dispersing An Out of Control Party

Two police officers in Western Australia’s Goldfields have been injured while trying to disperse an out-of-control party involving up to 200 people.

As they tried to disperse the crowd, a group of partygoers in nearby bushland threw rocks and bottles at officers.

A female officer was hit by rocks and received minor facial and hand injuries.

A male officer was also injured during an alleged assault.

Both were taken to hospital for treatment.

Read more on ABC News.


Police Urge Snowy Mountains Visitors To Stay Safe

Police are urging visitors heading to the Snowy Mountains over the school holidays to plan ahead and stay safe as extra officers patrol the region.

Highly-trained alpine operators, general duties officers, traffic and highway patrol officers and licensing police will patrol the region throughout the ski season until October 5. 

Monaro Local Area Commander detective superintendent Rod Smith urged travellers to drive to the road and weather conditions and avoid unnecessary risks.

“Drivers should fix snow chains to their tyres in slippery conditions within the designated bays, ensure everyone in your car is wearing their seat belts and don’t drink and drive,” he said.

Read more in SMH.


Veteran Sergeant Reflects On His Career As He Leaves ACT Police After 33 Years

Sergeant Neit is one of a group of departing ACT Policing veterans, many of whom have resisted moves to federal policing and stayed local, despite a perception it hinders career progression. 

It includes the highly-respected detective sergeant Bob Wynn, head of the exhibit management centre Ashley McCammon, crime manager Robert Krajina, and media team leader Peter Brewer.

“There’s about 150 years of policing experience going out the door this week,” Sergeant Neit said.

“Sometimes it is a shame that it goes out the door and it is just lost.”

An entirely different world existed for Canberra’s police when Sergeant Neit decided to join up in his early 20s, one he believes was actually more violent, more rough-and-tumble.

Read more in Canberra Times.


New South Wales Police Make Four Arrests, Seize Firearms After Traffic Stop

Four people have been arrested and a number of firearms seized following an incident at Berkeley Vale tonight.

Police from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command stopped a Ford Falcon station wagon about 7pm on Wyong Road.

There were three men and a woman inside the vehicle. When officers approached the car, one of the men allegedly ran from the scene.

Police allegedly found firearms during a search of the car. These have been seized for forensic examination.

Read more in The Daily Telegraph.


NSW Police Officers And Taxi Driver Escape Camperdown Collision Uninjured

Two police officers and a taxi driver were not injured after a collision in Camperdown this morning.

Police were responding to a fire in Probert Street at Newtown about 4.45am with a male suffering smoke inhalation.

Leichhardt Police were also responded to the fire and when the car reached the intersection of Australia St and Salisbury Road at Camperdown, the police car was involved in a collision with a taxi.

As a result of the impact the police vehicle turned on its side. Emergency services responded to the crash.

Two female constables had to be removed from the vehicle. The male taxi driver was also uninjured.

Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Inquiries into the events leading up to the crash are continuing.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.


Hundred Years of Women In the British Police: Forces Have Changed Along With Society

When Helen Angus joined the police in 1959 and was posted to Grangemouth’s Old Town she did not view herself as a trailblazer.

Women had been serving in constabularies north and south of the border since 1915 and had become a common sight in streets across the country.

But while they had become valued members of the thin blue line, there were certain aspects of policing that remained off-limits to ladies.

They were not allowed to patrol after dark due to safety fears, for example, and could not become full members of the Criminal Investigation or dog-handling departments.

Today, around 40 per cent of all new recruits to the national Police Scotland constabulary are female, representing a significant increase compared 20 or 30 years ago.

Read more in Falkirk Herald.


Toronto Group Homes Turning Outbursts From Kids Into Matters for Police

Serious occurrences involving youth in the care of the Ontario government and privately run children’s aid societies often involve a call to police.

Incidents are described in reports that must be filed to the Ontario government by group homes, foster parents and children’s aid societies when children or youth in their care are involved in events considered serious.

The results show a disturbing tendency — particularly in group homes — to turn outbursts from kids usually suffering from trauma and mental health issues into matters for police.

They raise concerns about caregivers being too quick to call police, feeding what studies suggest is a pipeline that funnels youths in care into the justice system.

Child psychologist Dr. Michele Peterson-Badali, an authority on Canada’s youth justice system, believes caregivers are calling police for behaviours that most biological parents would deal with in more compassionate ways.

Read the full report in The Star.


Police news stories and opinions on law enforcement and legal system topics. Focused on Australian stories as well as major international stories of interest to Police Officers.

%d bloggers like this: