It’s good to talk.

As Bob Hoskins used to tell us when I was a kid, “it’s good to talk”.

It’s why I’m starting a drive to capture the experiences of those in blue – officers and staff – who have found themselves tackling,living with or surviving issues that we don’t talk about enough. Issues that we assume will only be visited upon others. Welfare issues that include, in no particular order:

  • Post traumatic stress
  • Firearms related
  • Knife related issues
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Drug abuse
  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Bereavement
  • Money troubles
  • Complaint/DPS/IPCC-related

Issues that can leave us isolated, even when we are surrounded by a team; issues that can affect those we love; issues that – until you’ve been there – can be hard to understand. Issues that can and do deserve support; issues that we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies.

If you are a current or former police officer/staff, please do consider getting in touch. I want to capture your story – to help others who find themselves in the same or similar situations.
There’s a wide range of options available for capturing your story, to protect your privacy and to ensure you can tell your story safely and on your terms .

The offer is also open to those, such as Fed Reps, who have experience of  helping guide and support others through these issues.

Drop me a line or, if you prefer, ask any questions in the comments below:

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About the Author

Rory Geoghegan
I am the former Dedicated Ward Officer for Clapham Common Ward in the London Borough of Lambeth. I’m a former strategy consultant and criminal justice researcher. I care deeply about the importance of effective policing and am something of a foot and cycle patrol fanatic! All views expressed are personal opinions and the usual disclaimers apply.

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