Rookie Mistakes, Part 2 – Adapting to Work Around Stress and Trauma

Rookie Mistakes, Part 2 – Adapting to Work Around Stress and Trauma

Warning: this post contains details some may find distressing. Not all my confrontations were face-to-face. One of my earliest investigations was a road-rage incident. A man driving a delivery van got into a altercation with another motorist, who was driving a little black sports car. It was one of those pissy incidents that happen a [...]

Life and Limb – Cumulative Stress, Trauma & PTSD

Life and Limb – Cumulative Stress, Trauma & PTSD

Warning: this post contains details some may find distressing. I attended my last train fatality in mid-April, 2015. It happened just before 10.00 am on a Wednesday, when a woman stepped out in front of a passenger train that was travelling at speed between two stations. In these situations, the train driver can do nothing [...]

Never Enough – From Burnout to PTSD in Five Years

Never Enough – From Burnout to PTSD in Five Years

In January 2015, I took charge of a siege. A 50-year-old man had barricaded himself inside his parents’ house, was armed with a knife and threatening suicide. We call the address and get the parents to leave. Then we shut the whole street down. Neighbours start to gather on the footpath and in each other’s [...]

The Deep End – Cumulative Stress, Trauma & PTSD

The Deep End – Cumulative Stress, Trauma & PTSD

Warning: this post contains details some may find distressing. I started upgrading in late-2013. I'll never forget my first patrol supervisor shift. I had just finished eating lunch and was congratulating myself on making it through the day when we received a job; a light plane carrying two people had crash-landed. Well, shit, I thought, [...]