The following article was submitted as a ‘Guest Post’ by Harry Hatzis, which focuses on bullying within the Victorian police force.
Former cops suffering post-traumatic stress are routinely subjected to intrusive surveillance by insurance companies. A leading lawyer has now called for an end to such tactics.
The following article and story were submitted by an ex-police officer who attempted suicide, in the context of the recently aired documentary “Police officer’s suicide call ‘I’ll be gone before they arrive” by Channel 7’s Sunday Night program.
We are receiving more and more gut-wrenching stories and emails from both NSW and VIC police officers who are being ill-treated both by the “force” and, yep, by their workers comp insurer aka as Metlife…and wonder what the hell is going on?!! Bullying within the police force appears rife and on the increase, and once a police officer is injured – whether physically or psychologically- their nightmares truly begin.
If you get hurt at work there’s an expectation you’ll be covered by some form of workers’ compensation.
But not if you’re a police officer in Western Australia.
That’s because WA is the only state that doesn’t have a workers’ compensation scheme in place for injured police officers!
aworkcovervictimsdiary received the following important message from Injured Police Officers Of NSW:
NSW Police suffer at the hands of the insurer daily. These officers are pushing for an inquiry.The community is encouraged to report bullying to the Police. Who do police report this to?
Injured Police Officers Of NSW
According to a government survey, nearly a third of Victoria Police members have witnessed bullying in the workplace and one-fifth have experienced it first-hand!
You may have watched it on 7.30’s report – a very disturbing follow-up of a previous workplace bullying story in the Victorian Police Force (Police bullying police? Ugly culture claims face the Force).
Sadly this disturbing report will probably be ignored whilst injuries, both physical and psychological, will continue to skyrocket.
- Five year university study into nation’s police
- Up to 40% of officers feel burnt out
- ‘You kiss your loved ones goodbye and you may not come home’
A Queensland police officer, Dave Whyte, was forced to retire in 2007 due to bullying and a character assassination orchestrated by corrupted colleagues. Their deliberate attacks on his character and honesty led to a decline in his health and the loss of his career. A long seven years has finally seen the beginnings of justice. More needs to be done in the defence of the honest in the battle against the corruption in our workplaces.
Dave Whyte won his court battle. Clearing his good name and placing QPS in a position to explain their failure to investigate appropriately.