PTSD-The Illness the Police do not want you to have

We are not wired to have to attend the post-mortem of an 18 month old child as an exhibits officer and watch as the child is skinned to reveal the full extent of the abuse they have suffered.

We are not wired to be first on scene of a three car accident which has left four of the occupants dead.

We are not wired to spend two weeks retrieving bodies and body parts from a London Tube train following a suicide bombing.

We are not wired to have to break down a door to a house to discover that four occupants have been murdered and one has committed suicide.

We are not wired to spend a week searching for missing persons in a country devastated by the Asian Tsunami no more than four days after the waves hit when the only smell in the outside air is one of death.

I could go on but the list of traumatic events police officers are expected to deal with is endless. No amount of training ever prepares you for how you will react when you deal with such incidents. As humans we are all wired differently and as such we all react differently when dealing with traumatic events. One thing is for definite is that once we have an image imprinted on our brain, once the video is recorded in our brain, the smell is embedded in our brain the memories will never leave you. I don’t care how big or brave you try to act the traumatic events stay with you for life. The major concern I have and no doubt many police officers have is how we are dealt with if those traumatic events come back to haunt us by way of PTSD. I am fully aware that not all police officers suffer from PTSD but I fear the number is very much greater than we will ever know. I say this as it is abundantly clear that police forces up and down the country do not recognise the symptoms of PTSD at an early stage resulting in officers suffering the debilitating effects of PTSD.

This is my story and my take on PTSD. PTSD can strike anyone at any time.I am 6’4″ and 16 stone and for twenty-five years of my career I was, in my own mind, unbreakable. I worked hard and I played hard and nothing frightened me. I have worked all over the world investigating terrorist atrocities and also represented my force abroad and at home at many events. I have given presentations to audiences of over 200 people in foreign countries concerning terrorist atrocities. There is absolutely no way I could repeat carrying out these duties today due to the debilitating effects of PTSD. I am not going to play ‘top trumps’ on the level of the traumatic events I have dealt with as many officers would have dealt with far worse scenarios than I have but what I will say is that if someone finds an event traumatic, it remains traumatic to them for life regardless what ever anyone else thinks. I have dealt with several of the incidents I listed at the beginning of my blog and it is these incidents that have caused me such pain. From those who have been bored enough to read my previous blogs you will well know I do not have a lot of time for the management in the police due to the way both my wife and I have been treated over the past five years. The blog I wrote on suicide was written before I became aware of exactly what PTSD is. What always gave me much concern is the way I have reacted over the past five years. Despite many therapy sessions, appointments with police psychologists and courses of drugs nothing could take away the permanent feeling of hate, of rage, away from me. I was told I was angry because of how the job had treated my wife, I was told I was depressed, I was told I was stressed, I was told I had anxiety. Despite all these assessments I still found myself full of hate and rage which ultimately led me to have serious negative thoughts about life hence my blog on suicide. I joined the police in 1986 and all bar my probation has been in the CID. Over 20 years I have spent investigating murders or terrorist offences. I have never had a ‘desk job’ and would, if its arrogant I apologise,  like to consider myself as a highly competent and experienced detective. It was this experience and competency that led to me to be the first officer to be retained my unit on the new Sergeant promotion system. I do not mention this to blow my own trumpet but do so as you can get understanding that I am not some ‘desk jockey’ trapping off about PTSD but a highly experienced, respected Detective Sergeant who until the effects of PTSD struck was at the top of his game.

No doubt like most of my generation I first heard about PTSD through the song ’19’ by Paul Hardcastle. What is frightening to discover is that this song was released in 1985 yet still PTSD is a taboo subject. On its release ’19’ was banned in the US for being an anti-war song yet it is far from that. The overriding message in the song for me is PTSD. Part of the lyrics are as follows:

“Half of the Vietnam combat veterans suffered from what Psychiatrists call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Many vets complain of alienation, rage or guilt

Some succumb to suicidal thoughts

Eight to ten years after coming home eight hundred thousand men are still fighting the Vietnam War”

Listening to the song now I find it unbelievable that over thirty years later we as a nation are still ignorant to the effects of PTSD. I would not want to even try to guess how many police officers are still fighting their own individual battles having dealt with traumatic events. Having given much thought to mental health issues and in research I have carried out in order to understand my illness I have read many press reports about the rise in suicide rates in the police and how many days are lost each year due to officers being sick with stress. I am now firmly of the opinion  PTSD is very much the number one factor in most police suicides and why officers are sick with stress. The problem we face is that the police do not want to admit the seriousness of the problem. Many officers are suffering from PTSD and they do not know it. This is a serious problem facing the police. I am firmly of the opinion that OH Departments up and down the country are actively encouraged not to diagnose PTSD for the fear of the consequences this may have. Ultimately this is having a serious impact on the health of police officers as the illness is then allowed to go untreated resulting in the officer becoming even more unwell. The mental state of officers who finally get diagnosed with PTSD by their respective forces is such that they are, to all intense and purposes, a zombie who are unable to live any form of normal life. This is scandalous and the problem needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

My OH file contains details of the at least three traumatic events I have dealt with. On one occasion the team I worked on had a debrief, from I believe an OH nurse, concerning how we felt and if we needed any further assistance we should contact OH. The next two events involved the completion of a questionnaire of the events I dealt with. Even at the time of completing these forms I found them to be an ‘arse’ covering exercise by the force as how can you access a persons real mental state if you cannot look into their eyes. Like all police officers I always found a way to deal with traumatic events. I have no doubt the way I coped is not in the ‘how to deal with traumatic events manual’ but it worked for me. Having found a way to deal with the traumatic events I was still left with the visual images of what I dealt with but the overriding feeling I had was one of immense pride as to the work I had carried out. That it until the PTSD trigger kicked in. I have no idea as to what the PTSD triggers are but as a PTSD sufferer I can only give you my opinion as to what triggered mine. These are not scientific results and no doubt some expert will tell me I have got it all wrong but I think police officers deserve to know what MAY happen to them if the PTSD triggers are set off. I believe my PTSD trigger was set off when I was ‘wronged’ and ‘abandoned’ by the job. When I say ‘wronged and abandoned’ I am talking about being the victim of false evidence being submitted on promotion papers. False evidence that I was clearly able to evidence as being false that was ultimately removed from the papers allowing me to be promoted. Looking back at this event that took place in 2010 and how I reacted I am convinced this was the first sign of me suffering from PTSD. I had a period off work with stress and my overriding thought at the time was ‘how dare they’. I have blogged about the next few years of my life but suffice to say I was told I was angry by a police psychiatrist because of how my wife was dealt with, was told by my Community Mental Health Team I suffered from severe depression, stress and anxiety. The police psychiatrist seemed more interested in my childhood rather than enquire what the effects of 7/7 and the Asian Tsunami could possibly have on my health. Both events are clearly noted in my OH file. Looking back this is the first  clear sign that the police do not want you to suffer from PTSD. Having never suffered any health issues in my entire career surely a police psychologists should have picked up that my rage could be attributed to PTSD and not just how my wife had been treated. I had extensive one to one therapy sessions and yet still found I was full of rage and hate. The constant flashbacks and nightmares concerning traumatic events only began to badly affect me following a Misconduct Board in 2014. The unit I work on, in a concerted effort to have me kicked out the job, failed to disclose to the Board that I had received Commissioners Commendations for the work I carried out post 7/7 and post the Asian Tsunami. These commendations ultimately kept me in the police. Since this time I have constant flashbacks, nightmares, severe issues travelling on trains or tubes, severe difficulties of being in a crowded place and a heightened state of alertness when I travel out and about in public. My GP stated I was suffering from PTSD yet the police did nothing. Still at this time I thought the PTSD was me just having flashbacks to the traumatic events I had dealt with. I had no idea as to the full effects of PTSD. I tried in vain to not have to work on my unit or indeed have any contact with them but this request failed. Looking back I now know that this was me subconsciously recognising the triggers behind my illness and trying to remove the trigger. This refusal is clear indication of the stigma attached to any mental illness in the police and also shows just how far police need to shift in their treatment of those who suffer from Mental Health issues. By being refused to be moved from my unit my illness only got worse and worse.. The rage and hate became worse and I did inform my management that I could not be held responsible for any actions I may carry out in the workplace. Sadly this tale is all too familiar to police officers who suffer from a Mental Illness. I will say that more often that not those managing the sick individual are a trigger to that persons illness and as such they become more unwell with the more contact they have. Again line managers need to be aware of this but more often than not they are oblivious to this. I eventually got medically suspended after yet another assessment by a police psychologist and yet again no mention was made of PTSD. After two weeks of medical suspension I got placed sick by my line manager without my knowledge. I went though the Ill Health Retirement Process but was found to be disabled but not permanently. Not one mention was ever made of PTSD. I was told I had not exhausted all treatment available to me despite my GP being advised by NHS specialists that I had. It was during this very dark period of my life that I had a meeting with a senior Police Federation officer who said to me that as far as he was concerned I was suffering from PTSD and his biggest fear was not how I had been treated by the police but the PTSD. I found this alarming as here was a Federation officer more worried about my health than how I had been treated and so I began to research the illness more. Through contact with various charities I finally got put in touch with a charity called SafeHorizonUK.

This may sound a tad over the top but Safe Horizon saved my life. The reason for this is simply the fact that on their website is a list of the symptoms of PTSD and as I went through the list I found myself ticking off one by one symptoms I suffer from. I found this was of great help to me as finally I understood why I felt the way I did. I have attached the list contained on the SafeHorizonUK site with the kind permission of Clair. I have done this as maybe, just maybe, an officer will read this blog and finally understand why he feels the way he does, a manager may read this blog and finally understand that one of his officers is not making his illness up and a senior officer may read this blog and realise just how massive the problem is and begin to support officers who suffer.

Physical symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress may include:-

  • Frequent headaches/migraine
  • Muscle aches
  • Lethargy/persistent tiredness or feelings of exhaustion
  • Onset of Asthma
  • Chest pain/tightness in the chest
  • Spasms/flinching or startling
  • Frequent stomach cramps
  • Excessive sleep or difficulty sleeping/ irregular sleep patterns
  • Loss of libido

Emotional symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress may include:

  • Tearfulness
  • Persistent feelings of anger
  • Rage/outbursts of anger disproportionate to the situation
  • Feelings of intense hatred for someone
  • Feelings of anxiety, guilt, shame
  • Feeling you pose a real risk of harm to others
  • Feeling there is no escape from the situation
  • Feeling empty or numb

Psychological symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress may include:-

  • Flashbacks, intrusive memories
  • Nightmares
  • Some degree of depression
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Planning suicide
  • Worries about mental ill health
  • Worries about how others will see you, stigma around mental ill health and perceiving the self to be weak
  • Hyper-vigilance and alertness on and off duty
  • Constant scanning for threats on or off duty
  • Forgetfulness
  • Confusion
  • Distrust of others
  • Overwhelming despair

Behaviour associated with Post-Traumatic Stress may include:-

  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Disinterestedness
  • Desire to be alone
  • Difficulty with social interactions
  • Difficulty with crowds
  • Avoidance of places, people, type of work/duty
  • High and/or frequent alcohol consumption or substance use
  • Scanning and hyper-vigilance on and off duty
  • Rapid Eye Movement during flashbacks
  • Flinching/startling/jumping
  • Rapid escalation in anger or reacting with anger, disproportionate to the situation
  • Explosive anger
  • Agitated body language
  • Hard expression in the face/look of distance
  • Self-incarceration in the home to safeguard others and reduce risk of offending behaviour
  • Difficulty leaving the house without a trusted companion or partner
  • Quickly angered or agitated by the perceived pettiness of others moans, groans and squabbles
  • Impatience
  • Family breakdown/separation from partner
  • Isolation
  • Reluctance to drive or drive distances
  • Repeated checking of home security and car security (for example)
  • Self-harm
  • Self-destructive/reckless behaviour (including alcoholism, sexual promiscuity, seeking out dangerous activity)
  • Frequent use of pain relief

I have highlighted those symptoms I have suffered from over the past five years or so and there are 41. Despite showing 41 symptoms of PTSD my police force still refuses to admit I suffer from PTSD. In the last four years I have seen the police Doctor on at least seven occasions and the force psychiatrist on three. This is clear evidence that my force do not wish to diagnose any officer as having PTSD. Police forces up and down the country are not making correct diagnosis if officer’s PTSD illness purely and simply to save money. The forces are well aware that by diagnosing PTSD they are then open to Injury on Duty Claims and Ill Health Pension awards. This is a shocking state of affairs as money is being placed before health. As such there needs to be a fundamental change in attitude from those running the police to address this problem and if they do not I fully expect the suicide rate to increase as well as the amount of days lost to Mental Health issues. My force does not have any treatment available to PTSD sufferers. They do have counselling but this is not specialised and the waiting list is some six weeks. The treatment available to PTSD sufferers is more often than not obtained by the NHS. This, sadly for those that suffer, can take a very long time. I, for example managed to see a NHS Psychiatrist some eight months after referral. Even then I was told that they needed to treat my depression before they could address the PTSD. I have a Psychiatric appointment this week nearly a year after my referral. As most police officers are aware after a six month period off sick you are placed on half pay and then after a further six months no pay. Despite my management being fully aware of the facts they still did not support my staying on  pay and neither did the Assistant Commissioner. I had no choice but to return to the work environment as I did not want to have to live on the street with my wife and young child. With no help from my unit I managed to obtain a job at my local force station. I am not fit to work as a police officer but have only been able to find a role due to friends I have at my local station. The stigma I have had to endure and still endure everyday from my unit is a disgrace. Until such time when full support is given to police officers who suffer from Mental Health issues the problem will only get worse. treatment on the NHS takes a very long time to obtain and this MUST be taken into consideration when senior officers make decisions on pay issues. It can take well over a year to just obtain the correct treatment which means that an officer may be on no pay by the time he obtains any treatment. How can this be fair. Many officers, like myself, are never afforded the best opportunity to make a recovery as we are constantly harassed regards attendance and end up not in receipt of a salary which just adds to the Mental problems we suffer from as we either end up homeless, massively in debt or having to return to work unfit.

Those that suffer from Mental Health issues such as PTSD have triggers that seriously affect how we feel. Managers and senior officers in the police are extremely uneducated when it comes to these triggers. One of my triggers is contact with my managers on my unit and despite years of asking not to be under their control I still find myself controlled by them. This has just made my condition worse. My unit is completely oblivious as to why I don’t want to deal with them but they just see me as a trouble maker. Perfect example of the stigma I have to endure. Until such time as the managers in the police are educated as to the seriousness of PTSD officers like myself will continue to be harassed and victimised. I have no doubt that the trigger for many PTSD sufferers is any dealings with the police which makes it even harder for the officer to be able to even attempt any recovery. With suitable training for managers and senior officers many PTSD sufferers will be able to at least attempt to recover.

I would hazard a guess that if a police officer happened to break a leg whilst arresting a violent prisoner they would never be in a position that they were placed on half pay. They would receive the full support of their management at all times of the recovery process and be afforded the best available treatment the police are able to provide. The officer no doubt would be fully supported by his management in the Ill Health Retirement Process if his injuries were such that he was permanently disabled. In this scenario I would say that there is a near 100% chance of the officer being supported throughout the process. Why is PTSD any different. Most PTSD sufferers are left to fend for themselves with no support whatsoever making their mental condition worse by the day. Whilst the figure regards support in the breaking of the leg scenario is 100% support I would take a guess the figure for PTSD sufferers is nearer 0%

PTSD sufferers do not need to be told suck it up and drive on, they do not need to be told to take some drugs as it will relieve the pain, they do not need to be asked questions about childhood, about their parents and themselves. They need the full support of management and colleagues. They need the support of those that understand the illness. They need to know that management understand that the ‘police’ itself can be a trigger for their illness. They need to know that people understand that just being in a police building is a trigger for the illness. They need to know that OH/HR departments will support them all the way. They need to know that above all else they will receive the full support of the police service as after all being a police officer is the only reason as to why they suffer from PTSD. It is frankly impossible to know how horrible the illness is unless you have suffered. For anyone who does not suffer from PTSD to tell you either ‘its nothing’ or ‘I know how you feel’ is nothing more than an insult and stigma at its very best.

PTSD is serious problem within the 999 family as well as our armed forces. In order to have a fully effective 999 service and armed force the country also needs to understand that this effectiveness comes at a price. Individuals will suffer from PTSD by delivering an effective service and as such they deserve the full support of the Government in any recovery programme that works for them. They do not deserve to be cast aside as some lazy malingerer by their respective management. They do not deserve to be left alone to fight what is a truly awful illness. No pledge or management sound bite will solve the problem in any shape or form. The only solution is for the police (and other 999 agencies) to acknowledge the seriousness of the problem and afford those that suffer their full support. This support will come at a high cost but if we as a country want an effective 999 service it is a price that we have to pay.

The major concern I have is just how many police officers are fighting their own Vietnam War………

 

 

 

 

Is suicide the only way to get justice?

Prior to reading this blog can I ask you to stop for a second and ask yourself just how ill somebody must be that they feel the only solution to their problems is by taking their own life…..none of us know that feeling as if we did, we wouldn’t  be reading this blog.

In light of the recent revelation concerning the sad death of Elliot Johnson and also press coverage concerning a rise in the number of suicides in the police I thought I would share my thoughts with you on why it is so very sad that justice only gets served when someone pays the ultimate price and why bullying is a huge factor in the high suicide rates amongst police officers.

I have been in the police for very nearly thirty years. My time has been spent in the CID environment for all but 18 months of my service. As with most police officers I have witnessed some horrendous scenes in my career, I have played hard and I have worked hard. I have worked all over the world investigating crime and representing the police at major political and judicial events. Some of the scenes I have worked in have been nothing short of life changing and I am no different to many police officers. Nothing can prepare you to how you will deal with both the scenes and the period after you have completed the work. I was employed for two weeks at one of the scenes of the 7/7 bombings as well as being a member of the first police deployment to the aftermath of the Asian Tsunami. I only mention this for one reason which will become apparent later. I managed to deal with these two life changing deployments but it did take a few months to come to terms with what I witnessed. Having come to terms with them I had no side effects from the work I carried out. All I had was immense pride in the work I had carried out. In short up until 2011 I had an unblemished record, my sick record was more or less non existent and I had never had any discipline issues. I had enjoyed my career immensely and was looking forward to the “dash for cash” in my last five years. Most importantly my INTEGRITY was never questioned and indeed I had security clearance for over ten years. Then the nightmare began…

I work on what is allegedly one of the most select units in the country and as such you would expect it to be staffed with the best officers and management. Oh how wrong you are. There is a massive bullying culture and a very much “do as you are told or else” management approach. In my career I have witnessed bullying but it has been more people having “their legs done” type of bullying and those police officers reading this will know what I mean by that. I have never witnessed officers lives and careers being ruined by bullying up until I was victim. I am confident to say that most police officers would say that bullying/victimisation is now very prevalent in the police service and that it has crept in over the past 10-15 years. When I joined in the mid 80’s it was very much a different police service. Managers managed, pranks were carried out on the newbies, you were allowed to do your job and we worked hard and played hard. There was no promotion culture and more often than not Senior Officers were promoted on their policing ability and man management capability. In my career I have worked for senior officers who were rubbish policeman but brilliant managers. They allowed us to work and ultimately we made them look good. They did not bother one bit that a Constable knew more than them about investigating crime as they valued their experience and never felt threatened by them. The picture today is very different. The promotion culture has, in my opinion, ruined policing. The constant search for promotion evidence has led to a serious trust issue between officers and their management. Policing ability has been forgotten in the process. Managers no longer stand up for you as they should but cower in the corner fearing for their career prospects if they dare support one of their staff. This has allowed for a “bully boy” culture to flourish. Bullies are weak, self important cowards and “do as I say or else” managers. They fear that someone who knows more than them and will expose their weaknesses. They are all about power and as far as they are concerned just because they have rank it makes them a better person even in the big bad outside world. Friendship with a officer of lower rank is a big no no and they surround themselves with “lackeys” who bow to their every word. As a result they rule with an iron rod with the pretext of rank is power. If they fear someone or fear that that person will expose their shortcomings they stop at nothing to get rid of that person by any means possible. I suffered this exact fate. As a Sergeant I had stood up for one of my officers and advised them to seek advice from the Federation. This caused great angst for the Superintendent on my team and my nightmare began. He “did my legs” and I told him that it was most probably best I do not work for him or his merry bunch of henchmen. The very next day he called a meeting for about 50 officers and basically said “Look how tough I am in getting rid of (me) and if you don’t do as I say I will do the same to you” I liken this to me being Cecil the Lion and my boss being the Minneapolis Dentist. My boss basically shot me and then stood over my corpse telling the world how tough he was. He was nothing short of a coward and a bully. From this time on my life has been a nightmare. The bully allowed lies to be told on promotion applications and as is only normal I challenged him. Ultimately I won and remained on my unit albeit on a different team. As people know bullies don’t like losing. Bullies crave the kill and if they fail in that they just continue in there quest to get the kill. As I am not a bully I cant answer what the kill actually is. As a victim I can only guess it is the complete humiliation of their victim. Humiliation that ultimately leads the victim to either shut up and keep quiet or indeed paying the ultimate price….suicide.

It appears that only in death do the establishment, whether it be the police, the army, any of the remaining emergency services or indeed the Conservative Party, actually take the matter seriously and investigate. Why should the coroner be the only one to take the bullying seriously or indeed the fear of the coroners inquest makes the establishment listen. Sadly for many this is all too late and in most cases there is a common denominator and that is bullying. Many of those who pay the ultimate price have no doubt just wanted one person to take their concerns seriously and sadly for them it has taken death to get a voice. This is sadly no comfort to family and friends. I am not going to say that all suicides can be prevented but I will say that if bullying allegations are correctly dealt with I am sure many will be prevented. Recent reporting of the sad case of Eliot Johnson is evidence enough of how the bully operates. It is apparent that very senior members of the party had knowledge of the actions of one of its members but chose to do nothing. This makes those who failed to take action just as culpable as the bully himself. To see how many now try to distance themselves from the case is nothing short of a disgrace. I would go as far as to say that those who bullied and those who did nothing when informed should be made to stand trial for the death of this young man. The law needs to be changed so as those responsible for causing such suicides are held to account as in cases of murder. In reality the bully has murdered his victim.

I take no pleasure in being able to write this. Many sufferers of Mental Health (MH) issues have not been in a position to write down their feelings on the topic of bullying as they have paid the ultimate price. For four years I have suffered and every day is more difficult than the last. I continue to ask for answers to what I believe are simple questions but just get stonewalled by everyone I ask. Its as if the higher in rank you are the more believed you are. This is a major problem within the police. In fact no doubt there is no difference to the problems the police face to any other large public organisation. I am sick of tired of reading reports stating there is a rise in the suicide rate amongst police officers and yet nothing is done to address the problem. We have commentators on social media spouting out all sorts of rubbish as to the problem but never give a solution. The solution is in fact very simple. LISTEN to those who suffer from MH issues. DEAL with the allegations they make. STOP listening to every word the bully says. BELEIVE the victims of bullying.

Having been diagnosed with a MH disability I feel I speak, sadly, with a certain amount of knowledge on the subject. I have researched the illness in an attempt to understand why I feel the way I do. Those who deal with officers with MH have no clue about how to deal with them. In fact I have found that these people have just made my illness worse. Those who suffer from MH issues within the police should be the very people who deal with officers suffering from MH issues as they understand the illness. I agree that all will not be in a position to help but I bet there are plenty of officers more than willing to help others so as they do not experience the same issues as they have. My life has been turned upside down due to MH disability. I am learning everyday as how to live with the illness. In a bizarre way what keeps me going is the burning desire for justice and a passion to help others. If I can help one officer not to have to suffer like I have I will have done my job. I speak to people on the phone who are all very nice and polite telling me how awful my situation is and that’s it. They have no idea as how to help. I have found that MH is 100% a tabo0 subject in the police. It is still seen as a way for officers to skive and managers just make out that they are making it all up. As far as they are concerned the word sympathy comes before syphilis in the dictionary. As a MH sufferer please believe me when I say that I would rather been attacked with a baseball bat by the bully, breaking every bone in my body instead of now having a MH disability. At least that way people could see my injuries and may actually believe the injury the bully has caused.

As I have previously talked about there is a constant search for evidence in the clamber for promotion in the police. For those not in the police can I explain the procedure concerning sickness briefly. The police have what is known as Unsatisfactory Performance and Attendance Procedure (UPP). This procedure is implemented when someone is either underperforming in their role or is off sick. In this case I will talk about the sick side of the procedure. It has three stages with the third stage being the most serious where the ultimate sanction is being sacked. The UPP procedure and implementing it is absolute gold when it comes to promotion evidence. For me here in lies the problem. Managers are so desperate for the evidence that they are extremely quick to implement the procedure. It appears that harassing officers who suffer from MH issues is seen as the easy target for their ultimate goal, promotion. There is no empathy, no support, no understanding and the managers are blinkered in their approach as all they want is the next rank. Don’t get me wrong I hate as much as the next officer those who abuse the sick system and they should correctly be dealt with. Those who are genuinely ill with MH issues should in no way have to deal with the pressures the UPP procedure brings. Only last week there was  reporting of the extremely sad case of a Inspector in West Mercia who committed suicide. Although not reported I would like to bet good money that the inspector was being subjected to UPP procedure and that this had a considerable influence on him paying the ultimate price. I am firmly of the opinion that the continual victimisation of police officers who suffer from MH issues is the reason why the suicide rate is on the increase. OH departments have no clue as how to deal with officers suffering from MH issues. I say this as my OH department are nothing short of a disgrace. They think they are judge and jury on all such matters and do as they are told by management. Three years ago I was diagnosed as suffering severe depression, stress and anxiety by my local Mental Health team yet OH said I was just angry. I asked for independent examination as per Regulations but was refused as they said I had seen three doctors already. That two were police doctors did not bother them at all as they seem to think they know best. If I had been afforded an independent examination some three years ago as per police regulations I am firmly of the opinion I would not know suffer so badly from MH issues. In November 2015 OH allowed for lies to be told to a UPP3 board. OH stated to  the board that I was demanding to be independently assessed. I produced an e-mail from a police doctor who stated that she wanted me to have an independent assessment. Despite this OH did nothing. My board never went ahead and a series of orders were made by the Commander. Despite these orders OH did what they wanted and not what was ordered. Suffice to say what they did was not in my interests but their own. Again OH tried to place me on another UPP3 board and when I highlighted that they had not followed orders they stopped the procedure. By now the damage had been done and I entered into the Ill Health Retirement (IHR) process with a report from a Doctor who has only ever examined me once. The Doctor I should have seen as per pension regulations was sympathetic to my case and the police were worried that she may support me and as such I went to see another doctor. I cannot put in words how horrible this man was but what is clear is that he is the hit man when it comes to my force OH. He writes what he is told to write by management. I am currently appealing a decision of the Police Pension Authority as they state I am disabled from ever being a policeman but its not permanent. They state I will have no difficulty finding a job when I leave the police. They also state I have not exhausted all NHS treatments. In preparation for my appeal I have received a copy of my OH file. All I can say is that I recommend that all police officers ensure that they keep up to date with the contents of their OH file especially if you suffer from MH issues. I could not believe what I have seen. The e-mail I talk about in my UPP3 board is all over my file. OH are told that more than likely I will raise this issue and their reply is basically, so what we will run the risk he won’t mention it. There are too many examples to give as to just how badly the police actually deal with MH issues.  On my file is an email dated September 2015 from the police doctor who examined me once in November 2014. He basically calls my own GP unhelpful and naïve. He states that I am a serious risk to the public, co workers and especially women. He states that I threatened a police psychiatrist during a mental health assessment in April 2014 but she did not wish to formulise the issue. You will not be surprised that true to the form of my OH there is no reference to any of this in evidence submitted to the Police Pension Authority (PPA). There is no way the PPA would state I am can obtain employment outside the job with no difficulty at all if this evidence had been submitted. Why the job psychiatrist saw fit not to mention I threatened her in her report to the PPA beggars belief. Again OH are masters to those in power and they do as they are told. Naturally I have raised these concerns to powers that be but all I can expect is yet more victimisation. I believe I have assisted at least five officers in their promotion quest due to them evidencing UPP procedures implemented against me. None of these officers have ever listened to me, listened to my concerns or cared one bit for my health and well being. They believe the bullyboys and as such think I am making my illness up. They fear to take my side for fear of upsetting the bully boys and in turn scuppering their promotion chances. My wife, in total contrast, has a manager who believes her story. Despite his best efforts in supporting her the bully boys have ensured she has not been paid for over three years. A UPP process has been started against my wife but never been adhered to as her line manager has no appetite to carry it forward and more importantly has no need for any promotion evidence. How officers are dealt with should not be a lottery as it so clearly is in modern day policing. I mention all of this as I know I am not alone in suffering such treatment. No doubt hundreds of officers up and down the country suffer the same treatment and academics wonder why there is a rise in suicide rates amongst the police. Some sadly are unable to cope with the victimisation, incompetence or whatever you want to call it and pay the ultimate price.

On top of my MH issues I now suffer from PTSD. My PTSD has set in post a Misconduct Board in June 2014. I will not go into the story of my Board as I cover this in earlier blogs. Suffice to say my force made a concerted effort to have me thrown out the police. Despite having no evidence they stated I posed a serious threat to National Security and also posed a lone wolf threat to all sensitive investigations. As such they said I would never be granted security clearance again and was not welcome back on my unit under ANY circumstance. My unit failed to mention they I had received two Chief Constable commendations for work I had carried out in the immediate aftermath of both 7/7 and the Asian Tsunami. Ultimately despite all the lies that were told to the Board I kept my job. The very fact that the unit I had worked on for some ten years could not be bothered to highlight to a Misconduct Board the work I had undertaken on these two occasions has ultimately caused me to now suffer from PTSD. I think that all I did during these two postings was all for no reason at all. The images of what I dealt with constantly now haunt me as I wonder why I bothered. I have issues with public transport due to the scenes I witnessed on the tube train post 7/7 as I wonder why I bothered to put myself through such a horrific ordeal. I need not go on as those who suffer PTSD know exactly how I feel. Despite my own doctor stating I should not return to my unit or indeed work in the same building my unit are based in I was forced to return to work not only on the same unit but in an office where they plan and staff all highly sensitive operations. Just the place for someone accused of being a threat to National Security to work. I politely enquired as to why I no longer posed a risk to National Security only to be told that things had changed. The only thing that changed is I kept my job and my unit know full well I pose no risk to National Security but is suited them to say this when they did their utmost to have me sacked. I am no different to many officers up and down the country who have been failed by the “Job” in their hour of need. Again is it any wonder that the suicide rate is so high amongst police officers.

Professional Standards  Departments (PSD) deal with allegations of bullying in their respective forces. You will not believe me when I tell you that you are not entitled to see what allegations you actually make. In the main you make a complaint to a senior officer and they in turn submit a complaint on your behalf. You basically have no say in what they write and what they don’t write. As a result you have no idea as to what PSD actually are investigating. How can this be allowed to happen. In my case I have had two such reports made on my behalf, one in Oct 2011 and one in Feb 2015. I am not allowed to see either. I know for fact the bullyboys ensured that the 2011 report did not contain any reference to the fact they did nothing when I reported a protected act. It makes no reference to the bullying my wife suffered when she returned to work. It makes no reference to the fact the Federation made senior officers aware in May 2011 about the allegations. It makes no reference to the fact my wife was off sick at the time with depression due to her being bullied. Basically the bully boys prevented any of their vile behaviour from appearing on the allegation I made in 2011. In 2015 I again made an allegation covering absolutely everything that appears in my blog on corruption which is basically four years of victimisation. Again I am not entitled to see what appears on the allegation report. My PSD tell me I have given no new evidence so that’s the end of the matter. I have politely asked that if I don’t know what was on the reports I don’t know what they have actually investigated. Still told its closed. When I ask one simple question of “Did I or did I not report a protected act in March 2011 to a senior officer and they did nothing” all I am told is I have given no new evidence. Sadly you could not make it up. My PSD are no different to any in the country. They are severely influenced by bully boy officers who stop at nothing to hide their inadequacies and hide the fact they have failed in their duty. I am not alone in having to suffer this treatment as I bet I am one of hundreds of officers who have fallen foul of a system designed to protect those in power. It is no surprise to me that some officers feel they are banging their head against a brick wall and ultimately decide the only option left for them is to make the ultimate sacrifice. Again is it any surprise there is a rise in the number of officers who commit suicide if this is how their PSD treats them.

MH is only ever going to become more of a problem to police officers especially in the wake of all the cuts. If the treatment and how those suffering from MH is not addressed urgently the rates of suicide will only ever increase. Some, sadly, see the only way out as paying the ultimate price and this needs to be addressed urgently. Officers should not be just told to undergo therapy, take anti depressants and do this that and the other. Whilst I agree this forms part of the treatment for MH sufferers I am also firmly of the opinion that they MUST be listened to by Senior Officers and OH. They MUST be believed. They MUST be looked after. Above all else the BULLIES must be stopped forthwith for the police to have any chance in addressing the suicide rates.

Why are sufferers of MH not dealt with with the same compassion of those who suffer from cancer. Cancer is a horrible disease that sadly effects many in life. Those who suffer from this killer disease are treated with humility and compassion as they should be. In my opinion MH is just as serious a disease as cancer yet those who suffer from it are more often than not treated like lepers in the police force. In truth many require more support from those with cancer yet they are afforded nothing by the police. If my wife and I had cancer do you think we would be some £120K short in wages over the last four years, I think not. But as we ONLY have MH issues we are treated like second class plebs. Its time the academics who seem to have taken over the police service address this issue as a matter of urgency. Use those who suffer from MH in any research carried out. Use those who are willing to help in anyway you can as it is only MH sufferers who can explain the horrendous disability they suffer from. I am more than willing to help but sadly I fear that what I have to say will not be music to the ears of many senior officers. If I can save one officers life by helping them or indeed help others in how to save them I will have succeeded in my quest. I am fairly confident a large number of fellow MH sufferers in the police would be more than willing to help others but are those in charge brave enough to ask for their help. Its time those academics/police officers who have not themselves suffered from any MH issue to stop spouting off and actually listen to those who suffer.

For those who have come to the conclusion that paying the ultimate price is the only answer to their problems may you all RIP. I for one hope you all believe in Karma. I hope and pray your family and friends obtain the justice you so craved. I hope that those who gave you no other choice suffer greatly in the knowledge that their actions caused your death. I, and hopefully many other MH sufferers, will continue the fight to have justice for all MH sufferers

The only question left for me to ask is…….

Is the coroner my only hope of justice?

CORRUPTION. Still alive and well in the Police.

When you think of police corruption images are drawn up of grubby brown envelopes rammed full of cash being handed over in dingy pubs. Images of police deliberately altering evidence to secure convictions. Images of police re selling seized drugs to dealers. Thankfully I feel these are images of the past but that does not mean that corruption is not still alive and well in the todays police service. The wilful withholding of evidence in order to protect others and to further one’s career is just as serious as the old school DC “copping and bung” for turning a blind eye. Sadly there is a rather large and unhealthy appetite for police services in the UK to turn a blind eye to such corrupt practices. You only have to look at recent press reporting to see just how far police services are prepared to go in order to cover up such corruption. It is very apparent that those in power fear more the adverse publicity from the corruption than actually dealing with the corruption. I often wonder what hope we have when the word of a police officer is not believed by their own police service yet we expect members of the jury to believe all we say. I am not saying that all police officers are angels and that everything they say should be believed. What I am saying is that when serious allegations are made by a police officer concerning corruption within their own force they should at the very least be investigated. If it is proven that the allegations were malicious and false etc etc then that officer should be dealt with accordingly. What should not happen, and what happens the majority of the time, is that no investigation takes place at all and the said officer is bullied, victimised and harassed in order to totally discredit them. It seems the case that nowadays the junior you are in rank the more you are considered to be a liar when it comes to whistleblowing. It appears that the more senior you are the more you are believed and subsequently get your own way. When I joined years ago managers managed and were exceedingly good. Promotion came to those who deserved it (in most cases). Modern day policing is all about the next rank. Ability plays no part in the process. Doing as you are told is the order of the day so as you don’t rock the boat and in the process you don’t harm future promotion chances. This is clearly the problem to the majority of all the issues the police face today. No one will stand up for the most important elements of the police and that is the rank and file. The officers who make it work and without these officers the police would not work. Managers don’t speak out for fear of losing future promotion prospects. Those who do speak up for their officers are deemed troublemakers and more often than not are bullied, harassed and victimised for speaking out. Exactly the same can be said for “whistle-blowers”. I dread to think of the amount of whistleblowing that would actually take place if, by law, you are fully protected. I am aware that vague aspects of the law are to protect whistle-blowers but most serving police officers are well aware that they get zero protection.

Just the other day I was told a story about two serving police officers. Both officers have well over twenty years service and both had impeccable service records. For their anonymity I will refer to them as “Jack” and “Diane”. All I will say is if this is how the police treat their own officers what hope do members of the public have when it comes to trusting the police to deal with any crime they report.

Jack and Diane both work on a specialised unit within one of Britain’s Police Forces. The role they perform ultimately has led to both officers having to be security vetted. During 2010 Diane suffered sexual harassment from her line manager by way of inappropriate text messages, answer phone messages and physical behaviour (attempted kiss). This particular line manager ultimately fell in love with Diane and told her such. Diane spurned all of these advances which ultimately led to the line manager in January 2011 sending Diane a text message telling her that she had made him look like a “c**t” and that he will make her pay. During this period of sexual harassment Diane had a cancer scare that led to an operation in December 2010 on her breasts. In March 2011 Jack reported to a Superintendent, on the unit both officers worked on, the sexual harassment that Diane had suffered at the hands of her line manager. This particular senior officer was known to Diane and had been made aware of Diane having a problem by Diane herself in late 2010 but he was not aware of the exact nature of the problem. Jack said that Diane wished to get on with her life following her cancer scare and did not want to make any huge fuss about the harassment but did request that she moved completely away from the building she worked on. She did not request that nothing be done and did not care as to how the force dealt with the line manager as she was more concerned about getting back to full health following her serious operation. Jack was told that the matter would be dealt with. To this day I am told that Jack and Diane have no idea as to what happened next. What they do know is that nothing was done, the line manager concerned was told that Jack had made an allegation against him, Diane was forced to return to work sitting at the same desk next to the same line manager. Diane was bullied constantly by the line manager that ultimately led her to have a huge mental breakdown. At this time Diane thought that the only response to her sexual harassment allegation was the fact her line manager had been changed when she returned to work after her operation. This was not the case at all as it was found out that the reason why this was done was allegedly so as her new line manager had some experienced staff to manage. Diane disputes this and is of the opinion her old line manager manipulated this action. What was evident even at this early stage is that a “cover up” was truly underway as the Inspector in charge of Diane’s team states that she had no idea about the allegation in March 2011 yet the line manager of Diane fully knew. Diane continues to suffer to this day. She has not been paid for nearly three years despite her current line manager supporting her staying on full pay. Diane has been told that suffering sexual harassment in the work place and then been relentlessly bullied when you report the harassment does not constitute being injured whilst performing the role of constable. Unbelievable. Diane has been recommended for  ill-health retirement by her Force Doctor due to the severe mental injury she suffers from as  the result of her treatment by her force. Diane is not so mentally ill as a result of the sexual harassment. She suffers so greatly due to her treatment after she made the allegations.

As for Jack you would think that he would be protected under the Equality Act 2010 as he had reported a protected act. Nothing could be further from the truth. In September 2011 he was subjected to an investigation by his Force Professional Standards Department (PSD) for taking his children home in a police car. This allegation was spurious to say the least and was made by officers who were annoyed he had made allegations of sexual harassment on behalf of Diane earlier in the year. Nothing happened to Jack as the allegations were malicious in the extreme. Concerned as to why Diane’s sick record stated she was off sick with post operative difficulties, when it was known to several senior officers that she was off sick with depression due to the treatment she had had to endure from her line manager, Jack had a meeting with the Inspector in charge of Diane’s team in late September 2011. The inspector claimed to have no knowledge of the sexual harassment allegations made in March 2011. Jack said to the Inspector he found this hard to believe as the line manager concerned knew about them as did the Superintendent in overall charge of Diane’s team as he was told by the Federation in May 2011. Several weeks after this meeting Jack received an e-mail from the inspector stating the allegations he was making were extremely serious and that it is the duty of all police officers to report matters of wrongdoing. Jack replied to this message asking that if the matter was so serious now why was it not treated as such in March 2011. The force PSD became involved and refused to interview Jack as they said all his evidence was hearsay. Jack disputed this as he had seen and heard the messages, he was the first person who Diane told about the indecent assault and also he had first made the allegations in March 2011. Diane was mentally too ill to be interviewed by the PSD and they were informed as such. Jack got served whistleblowing SOP’s which he took as a threat to keep his mouth shut. Jack had contact with the PSD who said that they were under pressure to deal with the matter in December 2011. In February 2012 Jack was contacted by PSD and told to keep his mouth shut as Diane had not been interviewed and they made no reference to the fact they had shut the case. Jack again saw this as a threat and reported the matter. Nothing was done. Diane at this stage was on no pay and made an attempt to return to work as financially she was ruined. Her unit made this as difficult as possible and eventually she was posted to an office away from her usual place of work. Unbelievably working in the same office was the very line manager who had sexually harassed her. This man came over to were Diane was sitting, looked her up and down with distain and walked off. Diane states he had the look of a man who was basically telling her how clever he was as he had got away with it. Diane was taken away to her parents to recover and Jack began to ask questions of her unit. Ultimately Jack had a mental breakdown and reported sick.

It was not long before Jack began to be bullied by the same unit. He was subjected to internal unsatisfactory attendance (UPP) and was told that Diane’s case was closed as she refused to talk to PSD. Jack disputed this as she had never refused and she had never been told the case was closed. Also both Jack and Diane had not been told why nothing was done when the matter was reported in March 2011. Jack was examined by a Mental Health Unit who discovered he was suffering from severe depression, stress and anxiety. His force said he was angry. Jack attempted to get independently examined as per police regulations but this was flatly refused. This refusal was a complete breach of Police Regulations. Eventually after contact from Diane with the PSD she received a letter late in 2012 dated December 2011 stating her case was closed until she felt strong enough to be interviewed. Diane never received this letter at her home address. It was now very evident to both Jack and Diane that there was a huge cover up in place concerning the fact the police did nothing when the mater was reported in March 2011 and that the police were doing all they can to ensure this evidence remained suppressed.

Jack eventually returned to work in November 2012. He was posted to another office and told on his arrival that he was only there a month and they had no idea why he was posted there. He was told to invoke the internal grievance procedures concerning issues at work. Jack completed a Fairness at Work report, a reporting of wrong doing report as well as reporting the matter to the IPCC. Nothing was done despite there being clear evidence of a massive cover up. The IPCC sent Jack’s report back to his force and his force PSD dealt with the matter. The original investigation officer dealt with the issues and surprise surprise he stated nothing was untoward. Whilst compiling these reports Jack attempted to find out a crime reference for Diane’s case and as such accessed the force crime reporting system. He could not find her report and put this down to the fact he was rather illiterate when it came to the system as he had not had cause to work on this computer system for some years. Jack eventually returned his original unit and required to renew his security vetting as it had expired. Jack also managed to speak to two senior officers on the PSD concerning Diane. During this meeting Jack informed them that he had attempted to find a crime reference for Diane’s case but was unable to do so. PSD informed Jack that there was no such crime report as the matter was recorded elsewhere. Jack was informed that the matter was recorded on a separate form and when he asked to see the allegations he had made, he was refused access to the report. PSD said that why was he so worried as when he reported the matter in March 2011 he wanted nothing to happen. Obviously Jack challenged this but this was also the first time any officer had admitted the matter had been reported in March 2011. PSD officers would not elaborate on this comment to Jack. Diane was eventually interviewed by PSD who told her that they completely believe her story concerning the sexual harassment and that their advice was to sue the police for the treatment she had had to endure.

Jack subsequently was served with an internal complaint stating he had accessed police indices for unlawful purposes. His managers said to him that he knew all about it and that there was nothing to worry about. Jack was removed from his role forthwith and placed into another office away from his unit. For the next six months Jack did nothing and when I mean nothing he did nothing apart from log on everyday and stare at his computer. He was also told he had failed his security vetting. The exact reason was never given to Jack but he was told unofficially by his line manager he failed due to the fact he was going to talk to the press about how Diane had been treated by the police. There is no evidence whatsoever that Jack was going to talk to the press.

Jack had another breakdown in October 2013 and reported sick. His managers disciplined him straight away. Jack’s GP wrote a letter to his force stating that he should be ill-health retired from the force due to his mental state plus the fact it was clear to the GP that the force did not want to deal with his allegations. Despite there being procedures that should be put in place by managers when such letters are received Jack’s management did nothing.

Halfway through 2014 Jack had a Force Disciplinary Board concerning his accessing police indices. It must be noted that Jack was interviewed and dealt with by the exact two same officers who dealt with Diane so as such they were fully aware of the issues surrounding this case. Despite this fact they failed to mention to the discipline board anything concerning Diane’s case. Statements were served on the Board that were false and the Board were not informed that Jack himself told the police about what he had done. The police attempted to state that they found Jack had accessed the system after they decided he posed a security risk and as such carried out a full audit on him (this is despite Jack been told when he was served the complaint that he knew all about it. If it was a secret audit how would he know all about it. Yet more lies) The board was also told that Jack posed a serious threat to National Security and also that he posed a serious insider threat to all sensitive investigations. The police failed to mention to the board about Jack’s impeccable service record specifically that fact he had received several Chief Constable commendations for work he had carried out in the previous few years. The board enquired with Jack why they did not know about Diane’s case and Jack informed them that everyone knew about it. Jack was eventually found guilty and was informed by the board that they had been told Diane’s case was closed and that he should just accept it. (Again senior officers lied too as the case is far from closed as both officers have not been told why nothing was done in March 2011) Jack kept his job due to the fact he disclosed to the board about his recent commendations and this ultimately why he was not sacked.

Jack was seen by the force medical officer in July 2014 and the force doctor agreed with Jack that he should be independently assessed. Despite the doctor requesting this nothing was done by the police.

Jack eventually attempted to return to work in September 2014 as his request to stay on full pay why the matters were resolved was refused. Much to Jack’s dismay he was posted back to the exact same unit he had been told he was never to work in again as he posed a serious risk to National Security as well as being an insider threat to all sensitive investigations. Jack’s GP could not believe this either and stated he should not return to work on the unit and also that a certain force building caused him great distress. Jack was told by his management that they do not care one bit what his doctor says. Jack asked why he was no longer a threat to National Security and all he was told is that things have changed. Jack was eventually placed to work in an office were all the forces highly sensitive investigations are planned and staffed. Not exactly the place for an officer who has been accused of being a serious threat to National Security should be working you would think. It was now even more apparent that the force had done there utmost to have Jack sacked from the police at his discipline board earlier in the year. The evidence to this board was “sexed up”, evidence was not served to the board that ultimately assisted Jack and quite clearly lies were told. Jacks ordeal did not stop there.

In November 2014 Jack was subjected to a UPP3 hearing and, for those who know, this is a serious situation. Again lies were told to this board concerning Jack. The board was told that Jack was demanding to be independently assessed and that he was not happy this had been refused. Before the board started Jack supplied an e-mail from the force doctor that stated the force doctor agreed with Jack and that in her opinion he should receive independent assessment. Clearly the board were not impressed they had not been served this email and the board did not go ahead. Jack was told to get another letter from his GP, this letter was to be given to the Doctor who issued the e-mail and this doctor would then refer Jack to the Police Pension Authority doctor. Jack was also told not to go sick. Jack duly supplied a letter from his GP and was given a date to see the police doctor. Jack’s management decided that they were not happy with this situation so did what they wanted. They forced Jack to see a completely different doctor directly contravening the instructions from the senior officer chairing the UPP3 board. This doctor stated that Jack was fit to work and not suitable for ill-health retirement.

By now Jack was at the end of his tether so sought assistance from elsewhere within his force. Ultimately Jack had a meeting with a senior officer within the force PSD. This senior officer confirmed to Jack that his allegation made on his behalf in October 2011 makes no reference to the fact he reported the matter in March 2011 and it also makes no reference to the fact that further senior officers were made aware of the allegations by the Federation in May 2011. This was the first time Jack was told this information and it was exactly what he had spent the last three years trying to expose much to the detriment of his health and that of Diane. Jack asked for protection from the PSD and said he would tell all once he was assured he would be protected. Within two days of this meeting Jack was subjected to more discipline and within five days Diane was told her UPP case was being cancelled and another process opened. This completely breaks all regulations concerning UPP. Jack enquired with PSD if they had spoken to his unit and they said they had. Jack had specifically asked that they not be informed he was talking to them for fear of reprisals. His fears were not without reason. The discipline case against Jack was soon dropped when it was highlighted to the police that lawful instructions had not been followed by Jack’s line management. Jack then entered the ill-health retirement process albeit with no support whatsoever from the police and also with a letter from a doctor who had no knowledge of his case which again is against the pension regulations.

Jack had welfare meetings and it was agreed that he should be examined by a force doctor concerning medical suspension as Jack feared what the force would do to him if he reported sick. Jack was deemed unfit for work and eventually was placed on medical suspension. With medical suspension various tasks are required to be done by the person being suspended and one of these is to see their own GP within five days. Jack did this. Jack was then forced to obtain a fit note from his GP and as soon as this was received his medical suspension was halted and he was placed sick by his management without any authority from Jack. Again all police procedures and regulations concerning medical suspension were completely ignored by Jack’s management.

In May 2015 Jack was interviewed by his force PSD and they demanded an appropriate adult was present during this interview. Jack told the PSD everything and supplied them with evidence to support all of his allegations. Some six months later nothing has happened and no investigation has taken place. This despite the fact that two officers lives have been completely and utterly ruined due to the corrupt practices of serving officers.

Jack has been told he has a disability that prevents him from carrying out the role of a police officer but this disability is not permanent. He continues his fight. Diane has been told she has a permanent disability and awaits her examination by the relevant police pension authority doctor. Between them they have lost over £100K in wages and allowances throughout this period.

If you have read this far, I hope you are suitably shocked as to the treatment of these two officers. If this is how the police treat their own what chance to members of the public have when they are victims of crime.

You may also ask as to how can I be so sure of all the evidence as being correct. Well……

I am Jack and my wife is Diane.