If you are reading this you likely have a loved one who is a Police Officer. Policing is a challenging but very rewarding career, camaraderie amongst colleagues is unlike any other and presents many opportunities other jobs don’t, such as protecting and working with the community and solving and preventing crimes. Policing provides officers the chance to make a positive difference.
It can also be a daunting time for family members as a sense of pride in their loved ones mixes with fear of knowing that their loved one may be faced with dangerous situations and they may become injured. It is expected that the events officers are exposed to over the course of their career will impact them. Everyone responds to these events differently, some will be overwhelmed and it will leave a lasting impact on their life (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)). However, the majority of people will feel the stress and pain for a time then make a recovery to pre-incident functioning. Again, others will experience a positive change as a result of going through stress and trauma, such as increased inner strength and closer, deeper relationships.
The ‘policing family’ is here to provide support and the NSW Police Force has many services available to officers family members to support them and keep them well. The Family Support Coordinator, commanders and injury management advisors are available to families of ill or injured officers to help them connect with internal and external supports, such as the Employee Assistance Program, Police Chaplains and external counselling, information and support.
Should you wish to make enquiries in relation to any of these initiatives you can contact the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 who will redirect your enquiry.