Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

IN my life, I know all too well the ef­fects of be­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer’s part­ner can have. The un­pre­dictable shifts. The wait­ing up all night to make sure they are home safe. And the stom­ach drop you get when you hear on the news a po­lice of­fi­cer has been hurt. You ad­mire them; af­ter all, they put the safety and well­be­ing of oth­ers above any­thing else. They put their lives on the line ev­ery shift to make sure we can sleep soundly. They get abused, I imag­ine daily, and they still find the time to pose for photos with chil­dren who want to grow up to be just like them. I couldn’t imag­ine what life would be like if my part­ner, on top of his job, had PTSD, like so many do. So many peo­ple live life with PTSD and while there is sup­port for them, their part­ners are still left wor­ried and sick with fear. Then comes along an or­gan­i­sa­tion like Along­side which is ded­i­cated to help­ing the part­ners. Give them all the sup­port you can. I know I will.

Su­sanne Reilly - Re­porter

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