Petitioning NSW Police Commissioner Commissioner Andrew Scipione and 3 others

One Wall For All - Honour Our Police - past and present who suicide due to PTSD on the Police Memorial

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Police Officers who suicide due to PTSD are not honoured on the National Police Memorial or their state's Police Wall of Remembrance - why, because of the way they died....

Instead the NSW Police Force and NSW Government believe that a 'Garden of Remembrance' on the back streets of Surry Hills at the SPC (Sydney Police Centre) is good enough and worthy recognition...

But we believe that all Australian Police Officers who are killed in the line of duty or die because of their job deserve to be named on the same wall - remembered in death as they did in service - together - OneWallForAll...

All Australian Police Officers deserve to be recognised for how they served and not how they died – or at least given the right to be considered for recognition.

Even if it means renaming the memorial to a Wall of Honour and Remembrance – like they do in the United Kingdom – where they Honour those who were killed on duty and Remember those who die as a result of the job.

In any event their death was a consequence of their duties as a police officer and they deserve to be recognised for the service, for their commitment and for their sacrifice – and their families and the community they serve deserve a place to remember them too.

Despite years of selfless commitment and sacrifice to protecting thier community as a Police Officer these brave men and women are ineligible to be honoured on the Police Wall of Remembrance because they took their own life - even though the manner in which they died was as a result of what they experienced and were confronted with 'in the execution of their duties as a Police Officer'...  

Despite the sacrifices they made, the courageously selfless way they executed their duties to keep us safe and the reality that the 'job' caused them to have PTSD and attributed to their suicide - they are deemed to be not worthy of recognition or remembrance - and even though there are already four officers named on the National Police Memorial between 1987-95 whose death was 'self inflicted occasioned by duties'.

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a serious and debilitating medical condition that continues to destroy the personal and professional lives of our brave emergency service personnel, especially Police Officers. Without the proper education and support, coupled with mistreatment and being forgotten, some Officers can't cope and end up taking their own life...

It has been over 2.5 years since Retired Detective Sergeant Ashley Bryant called '000', asking for more support for officers with PTSD and their families, before he took his own life - and not much has changed...

Ashley Bryant is one of AT LEAST 40 NSW Police officers, and AT LEAST 70 Australian Police officers, who have suicided in the last 20 years - who will not be honoured on the National Police Memorial because of the way they died.

Since December 2012 there have been more than 5 times as many police officers who taken their own life than were killed in the execution of their duties in NSW....

Between July 1st 2000 and December 31st 2012 at least 62 past/present serving Police Officers have taken their own life - 25 are just from NSW and there have been at least another 12 in the last three years - and due to the current Death & Disability scheme and lack of support services available to Police officers, that number will only continue to grow...

On the Sunday Night program on 16 November 2014 (https://au.news.yahoo.com/sunday-night/features/a/25520435/police-officers-suicide-call-ill-be-gone-before-they-arrive/) Deb Bryant bravely told of how her husband, Retired Detective Sergeant Ashley Bryant, called 000 asking for more to be done for PTSD sufferers and their families, before he took his own life. Because he didn't die at work, his name will never appear on the Wall of Remembrance - unless we raise our voices and have one Wall for All.....

Police Officers, all over Australia, should be remembered for how they served and not how they suffered, how they lived and not how they died and for the sacrifices they made for the job and not for the job that sacrificed them.

Regardless of the manner in which our Police Officers die, it is the job that takes their lives.

Their memory and sacrifice to the job deserves to be honoured and respected - One Wall For All....

 

This petition will be delivered to:
  • NSW Police Commissioner
    Commissioner Andrew Scipione
  • NSW Police Minister
    Troy Grant MP
  • National Police Memorial Canberra
    Board of Directors
  • NSW Premier
    Gladys Berejiklian MP


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