COME ALONGSIDE TO GIVE SUPPORT
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