This gut-wrenching post reminds us police officers are human too

Every day, police officers deliver devastating news to families around Australia. The below poignant post from the Queensland police highlights how
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Every day, police officers deliver devastating news to families around Australia. The below poignant post from the Queensland police highlights how difficult it is for them:

“Walking up the driveway my legs feel as if they are made of lead. I’d give anything to be able to turn around. To not do this. But it’s my job.

“My heart sinks as I think about what I’m about to do and there is a knot in the pit of my stomach that just won’t go away. My mouth has suddenly gone dry and I hope that my voice won’t fail me.

“I take several deep breaths as I steady myself and prepare to knock on the door.

“One thought sticks out in my mind- “I’m so sorry I have to tell you this”. And I repeat it over and over again.

“I know how I feel is irrelevant- as I’m about to say the words that no one deserves to hear, and that everyone fears.

“I knock with hands that aren’t quiet steady, and wait”.

The post coincides with the release of new figures – 49 people have lost their lives on Queensland roads during the first two and a half months of 2016.

Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating of the Road Policing Command said safer driving habits will make a significant difference to road safety, and the road toll.

“Every person lost on a Queensland road is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions. Changing driver behaviour and habits can and does make a difference.

“We know that speeding kills, drink and drug driving kills, not wearing seatbelts or driving while fatigued or distracted kills”.

By showing the public that their behaviour affects not only themselves, their family and the public, it also is an unbearable thing for the police officer to go through as well.

Within minutes of being posted on the QPS Facebook page, it had thousands of comments, largely praising police officers for having the “hardest job in the world”.

Heather said, “I had that knock on the door. The Two policemen who came to tell me my husband had been killed at work. I had 5 children the youngest only 9.I will never forget them they were so compassionate. They stayed with us until all the family arrived .That was 1988 and I am forever greatful. That was so hard for them as they too had young families waiting at home. Thank-you Stay Safe”. 
Another commenter Yvonne said, “Thank you QPS for keeping us safe, and doing a job that most of us don’t realise the horror you all see day in and day out. All the Emergency Services needs our support at all times”.

Tell us, do you admire the police?

  1. The police are often maligned which is a terrible miscarriage of justice. Whenever I have needed help they are there and will help in any way they can. It is only the people who do wrong seem to have a gripe against the police. Yes they have a terrible job and a very diverse job. No day would be the same. The same goes for our Ambulance Officers and any other service personnel that deals with the public. A BIG FAT THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU – YOU PUT YOUR LIVES AT RISK TO HELP OTHERS AND WE THANK YOU.

    • Angie B  

      Hear, hear, Jenny! We are so lucky to have these dedicated professionals looking after us.

  2. Trish Daniel  

    I love all the brave generous loving people who are our Police. They do such a hard courageous job with not near enough recognition or respect that they deserve. Highway patrols always make me feel safer knowing they are there trying to protect us all on the road. God be with you all and your families

  3. Desley Holman  

    The Police ,The Ambulance Paramedics & the Firefighters Where would the world be without these 3 important people I hold them all in the highest esteem

  4. Allison  

    I had two police officers change my tyre for me. The officer doing a random breathe test noticed one of my tyres was a little flat and offerred to help change it. Then my jack would not work so he radioed a patrol car and he came with his jack and changed it. The number of beeps and thumbs up other drivers gave was amazing.

  5. Allison  

    I had two police officers change my tyre for me. The officer doing a random breathe test noticed one of my tyres was a little flat and offerred to help change it. Then my jack would not work so he radioed a patrol car and he came with his jack and changed it. The number of beeps and thumbs up other drivers gave was amazing.

  6. Trixie  

    Most of us groan about little things at work that annoy us. Imagine being a police officer. They can pretty well guarantee they are going to have a horrible day every day. What is there to look forward to? Abuse, fights, drunks, fear of what they might be walking into, death, abused children, drug addicts and then having to cop the worst kind of abuse from people they are serving. They need our support, they are just people doing a dirty job. My son was a police officer, then he became a fire and rescue officer. He says he went from a “pig” to a “hero” overnight for basically doing the same thing…..protecting and serving his community.

  7. Claire Bielski  

    I think about this especially at Xmas time. I know how it affected my dad to tell people that someone would not be there for Xmas. I still get stressed out at Xmas time as a result. Not dad’s fault he was just doing his job but the flow on affect does hurt police families too.People would not realise that

  8. Rob  

    As a Police Officer in various country towns and cities, I certainly delivered quite a few messages. You knew there was going to be tears, fainting, hysterics, anger and disbelief. Sometimes they take out their grief on you. The only thing you can do is weather it and be there until someone from the family comes. The worst is the old people. They feel lost and really need looking after . Sometimes they have no one except the person who just died. It used to affect me for a couple hours after delivering a death message. One of the worst jobs

  9. Joy Anne Bourke  

    I agree with Jenny totally. My daughter is a Detective and I know some the things she has to deal with and I worked in Admin for 10 years. It is a very hard job and dangerous. True only the people that do wrong complain about the police.

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