Very few job descriptions include putting oneself in harm’s way to protect others. But that’s exactly what the men and women of the Victorian Police Force do on a daily basis.
Though we can often appreciate the physical risks they encounter, the mental trauma they endure may be harder to diagnose, let alone acknowledge.
That’s why, over three weeks in October this year, the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police (CCP), Graham Ashton, and Secretary of The Police Association of Victoria (TPAV), Mr Wayne Gatt, will be walking 1,000 km, from opposite ends of Victoria to raise awareness and much-needed funds for former Victoria Police officers who are suffering from mental health issues.
CCP Ashton says, “It is vitally important to provide support to our officers and I wanted to do something that acknowledges our former police, and the mental health battles that they can experience.”