If you are considering a career in the Police Service, or are already a serving officer but want to broaden your career, you may consider a specialist role. There are many roles to choose from and this week we look at the role of Mounted Police. In Australia, the Mounted Police are a specialist unit
This week’s Blog is a follow up to a previous Blog – ’Do you have what it takes to become a Police Officer?’
As we said previously, becoming a police officer is a career path that requires a unique blend of dedication, courage, and a strong sense of justice. Here at Police Prep Australia, we also strongly believe your psychological fitness and mental habits will absolutely make or break you in the line of duty. To go to the extreme examples, you don’t need to look far to find thousands of severe cases of mental illness in serving and former police officers. It is almost ingrained in the police culture that mental illness is just another challenge to deal with.
At the very worst it can end in you paying the ultimate sacrifice at your own hand.
You will potentially face traumatic stress in the police service, equal to that which a soldier experiences in combat. Some would say even worse. It may shock you that thousands of Australian police are medically discharged suffering mental illness.
Perhaps more disturbing is the logic of certain police services avoiding the discussion of extreme mental illness (suicide), citing that it will only encourage more problems. (Verity, 2014)
Those officers who have gone before us, and paid this ultimate price, are not remembered by name on Police Remembrance Days. Nor will you find their names in the National Police Memorial.
We don’t tell you all this to depress you or scare you away. We write this to get your attention that your mental health and psychological resilience is one of your most important skills. Far more important than your investigatory skills and even more important than your skills with a firearm.
All of the police services in Australia have specialist roles and one of these specialist roles is that of a Dog Handler as part of the Dog Squad. The Dog Squad is an important specialist unit in the Australian Police Service that utilises highly trained dogs to assist in various policing tasks. Dog handlers are
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