Police Suicides – The Grim Reality (Edited Version)

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  1. Luciano Maier says:

    I’m always interested in people (you are not the only one) who claim to care about PTSD in police officers and it’s impact and yet at the same time set themselves hard against the best means of support.

    In the US the largest long term longitudinal study tracked the impact of PTSD on veterans (it’s still ongoing) who had served in the Vietnam War, the most significant finding? Anyone can get PTSD…but the critical factor in recovering (I.e. getting past it and certainly not committing suicide) was educational attainment, people with degrees recovered quicker that poorly educated veterans. There it is.

    But people like you keep insisting that poorly educated people make the best police officers.

    So choose your argument, do you want better educated cops who will cope better with PTSD or do you want poorly educated cops, struggling and, sometimes failing to live with PTSD.
    Do you really care about Cops and members of the emergency services having PTSD? Then start being an advocate for better education and higher educational standards in policing. It’s their best protection.

    So if you are a police officer or staff reading this and worried about PTSD and the stresses of work, you can either look at the data and the research and start building your protective factors (get into education and life long learning) or you can listen to the “old sweats” who tell you education is irrelevant and then write hand wringing blogs that solve nothing.

    • RetiredAndAngry says:

      I don’t need any lectures from you. I will approach the problem in my own way. I am not making any connection between educational achievement and PTSD nor am I denying it. I am not making any connection between Graduate Entry and Police Suicides, you appear to be doing that. I do not force you to read a single word I write, so don’t bother. Unless you have something useful to contribute then you need not waste your time any more.

  2. Luciano Maier says:

    You took the time to put some thoughts down on the subject, I thought you’d appreciate some facts.

    I think you’ll find pointing to excellent research which points to protective factors for treating PTSD does constitute “something useful to contribute” and some of your readers may be interested.

    It’s about playing to your strengths when a subject is raised…some people look at the evidence and potential solutions (that’s me)…others prefer whinging, hand wringing, virtue signalling (I leave you to guess who that is).

    • RetiredAndAngry says:

      I will happily leave your arrogant comments here for all to see and judge, but I won’t be responding to them any further. Feel free to waste your time if you insist, but I’m out.

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