As austerity took its toll on police forces across the country, it was inevitable it would take its toll on their police officers too.
Chief Constables began to realise that if they didn’t address the increasing workloads and trauma their officers were experiencing they would break both physically and mentally. Unfortunately for many it was too late and today many more live with trauma as a result of their lived experiences.
I began my working career as a professional photographer and was lucky to travel to many parts of the world. In 1995 I returned to the UK and out of work.
To make ends meet in the short term I had several unskilled jobs and worked long hours on low pay. I was also building my own house and had a young son with a second on the way.
Wondering what to do with my life and reflecting on my experiences of an unhappy childhood I decided to become a police officer, wanting to do good and protecting those who were unable to protect themselves.
That was nearly 23 years ago. I think I’ve pretty much seen everything and I have dealt with tragedy both professionally and personally that with hindsight I underestimated entirely. It was enough to drive you mad. It didn’t but it made me think about my wellbeing and the impact my job had and continues to have on me and my colleagues.
Combining a lifelong love of radio and the new medium of podcast I began to interview folk who have suffered tragedy themselves and also professionals in the field. The podcast is soon to enter its fourth season and I continue to work as a police Detective in the child protection arena.
I am not a mental health or wellbeing expert I am a police officer. I have spent time doing various roles including immediate response officer, community beat manager, tutor constable, family liaison officer, traffic, motorway and CID. I’m currently taking on a new role in child protection. What I lack in academic expertise I make up with operational experience.
My aim is to make this site a resource for police officers and emergency service workers with posts, articles and videos. The menu to the right highlights blogs and websites that are definitely worth visiting. As the posts grow you will be able to search for them under categories and those categories will grow as well.
My main project for the last three years has been interviewing folk connected with well being and also those who have faced adversity on the Walk the Talk podcast which you can find on all the major podcast players and also active speakers such as Alexa.
If there are topics that aren’t here but you think should be please drop me a comment. The best support we can get is the support we can give to each other through shared experiences. Think of this site as the station canteen, the pint after work, the social club at the weekend.
Thank you for joining me on Walk the Talk.
This site is for information only and has been put together by a police officer for police officers and emergency service workers.
The author is not a qualified health professional. Although every effort has been taken to research the published content readers should not assume that the information contained within is accurate. Anyone that is suffering physically or mentally should contact an appropriate health care professional or organisation.