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AussieCops Members Forum is now back On Line on Monday 22 June 2009 after maintenance purposes

AussieCops is specifically for Serving and Retired Police ONLY If you would like to visit Austalia and see the AussieCops in action, use the Passport Office contact number. One call to the Passport Office contact number will allow you to apply for a passport and receive your document within a few short weeks. For all UK nationals visiting Australia without a valid travel document, contacting the Passport Office is crucial.

If you wish to join a Policing Site

I suggest that you apply for membership to the Thin Blue Line where we have a Cadet, Civilian, Police, Support Officers & Students Group.


PTSD and Carers Group Illawarra

A new informal Group has been formed in the Illawarra (Wollongong, NSW) to help those Police and especially their carers and family who suffer the effects of PTSD.

The Group is not a handful of professionals but a group of people who have “been there and done that”.  They are lifes teachers who are willing to help their mates to let them know about the tunnel of darkness that they will enter and how to get to that dot of light at the end of that very long tunnel called PTSD.

PTSD and Carers Group Illawarra

There are already nearly 200 members and the Group has only been going for a month.

Come for a bbq or cake & coffee and a very informal chat.  You and your family will benefit from the positive contact.

This Group is recommended to you by this site owner – Greg ‘Cal’ Callander, NSWPD 1975 – 2004  PTSD sufferer.


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AussieCops Members Forum is now back On Line on Monday 22 June 2009 after maintenance purposes

AussieCops is specifically for Serving and Retired Police ONLY If you would like to visit Austalia and see the AussieCops in action, use the Passport Office contact number. One call to the Passport Office contact number will allow you to apply for a passport and receive your document within a few short weeks. For all UK nationals visiting Australia without a valid travel document, contacting the Passport Office is crucial.If you wish to join a Policing Site I suggest that you apply for membership to the Thin Blue Line where we have a Cadet, Civilian, Police, Support Officers & Students Group.

PTSD and Carers Group Illawarra

A new informal Group has been formed in the Illawarra (Wollongong, NSW) to help those Police and especially their carers and family who suffer the effects of PTSD.

The Group is not a handful of professionals but a group of people who have "been there and done that".  They are lifes teachers who are willing to help their mates to let them know about the tunnel of darkness that they will enter and how to get to that dot of light at the end of that very long tunnel called PTSD.

PTSD and Carers Group Illawarra

There are already nearly 200 members and the Group has only been going for a month.

Come for a bbq or cake & coffee and a very informal chat.  You and your family will benefit from the positive contact.

This Group is recommended to you by this site owner - Greg 'Cal' Callander, NSWPD 1975 - 2004  PTSD sufferer.

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Coping Tips for PTSDRead More 
About Aussiecops

Aussiecops is a place where Men and Women who are employed in different fields of Law Enforcement, can gather together. Originally founded in August 2000, members are free to discuss work issues, work practices, ideas, experiences and other work related matters that are everyday occurrences within their profession. Most importantly of all, the aim of the site is to promote friendship for those who have dedicated their lives to help and serve the communities. Aussiecops is a social group dedicated to making new friends within and outside your work circle. Membership is restricted to serving/retired persons in Australian and New Zealand Law Enforcement or associated Government Departments, including Overseas Police Departments. Persons employed in Private Security or any other such area will not be accepted. If you think you meet the criteria and would like to become a part of this web site than please take a moment to fill out an Application Request.

Please remember to supply verification details. The site is administered by volunteers (who don’t have an IT back ground) and we will attempt to process your application as soon as possible. The process will be slowed if we have to ask you for more detail. Aussiecops will not consider applications from those people employed in Private Security Firms, Doorman/Bouncers, Persons who are employed as Transit Officer’s or Departments such as Road & Traffic, State Rail or Bus Inspectors, Prison Officers or other such Corrective Service Departments that employ Civilian Personal will not be accepted or considered for Membership to AussieCops under any circumstances.. If you are employed within this category we would suggest you seek membership to some other type of organisation within the scope of your profession.

DISCLAIMER: Aussiecops has no connection with or receives any funding from any government, union, employer, organisation, or community group (with the exception of XYZ Pty Ltd whom kindly cover basic web costs for which no preferential treatment is offered or expected other than a hyper-link). Members are free to express their concerns if they are free from extreme profanity, racism, sexism, slander or any other comment of detriment to reasonable community expectations. Further, views expressed are not necessarily shared by the administrators of Aussiecops. Any complaints re comments made or action taken can be forwarded to complaints@aussiecops.com – such complaints will be considered with regard for the laws of natural justice, i.e. onus is on the accuser to prove. This does not remove the right of the aussiecops administrators to remove members without notice for behaviour considered inappropriate.

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AUSSIECOPS FORUMThe Aussiecops Forum is a place where Serving Police Officers and other Law Enforcement related people, including Retired Officers, can gather and exchange work related matters and ideas etc, with each other. A place were the tasks of everyday policing and experiences are shared, its also the launching pad for new friendships, and a place to talk to others who share the same commitment and work related experiences that only those in this profession can understand. There are strict guidelines to gain Membership to this area – If you feel you would like to become part of this group, then please fill out the Apply to Join application. Membership is restricted to serving/retired persons in Australian and New Zealand Law Enforcement or associated Government Departments, including Overseas Police Departments.  Persons employed in Private Security or any other such area will not be accepted. Persons who are employed as Transit Officer’s or Departments such as Road & Traffic, State Rail or Bus Inspectors, Prison Officers or other such Corrective Service Departments that employ Civilian Personal will not be accepted or considered for Membership to AussieCops under any circumstances.

HOBBY SECTION

Aussiecops has an Offices Hobby Section where people can share and exchange ideas on different types of hobbies. This section can be accessed by those who are Members, but there is also a provisions available where access can be obtained by others, after the completion of a short application form found Here. 

SPOUSES POWDER ROOM

Aussiecops has not forgotten the old but true saying, ‘Behind every good man, stands an even greater woman’, the wife or partner of any man employed within the Law Enforcement profession, now has her own little piece of web space here on Aussiecops. This part of the Forum is devoted to those women and can only be accessed by them. Here they can share stories, seek advice from one another, and know that they all share one thing in common………..the life of being a copper’s other half.Sorry guy’s this is a Restricted Area for women only.

INTERNATIONAL POLICEAussiecops will assist International Police who are planning a visit to our shores by helping them with hints, contacts, and other such information that will enable their stay to be enjoyable and a great memory to share with others on their return home. If you are planning a trip to Australia in the near future, then take a moment to fill our the form found Here. Dave and Kylie Wells will endeavour to assist  you in making your stay a most enjoyable and memorable one.

 

International Police

Aussiecops welcomes those Officers from overseas who may be seeking accommodation or information about staying in Australia, either during an exchange program, study stay, or just a good old holiday visit.If you would like to experience some good Australian hospitality and custom, then you have made the right decision in seeking information from Aussiecops. We have Australian Officers who are willing to share their knowledge and assist in finding accommodation for you, and providing help with contacts and advise with your travels. 

If you would like to accept our offer, then please fill out our Application Form with your details, and we will reply to your request, and assist you in any way possible.

Yours sincerelyDave and Kylie WellsQueenslandAustrali

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  Wayne Talbot is a Sergeant and current member of the NSW Police Force with 20 years service and a previous 10 years serving in the Royal Australian Navy. Bob Stedman, is also a current serving Sergeant in the NSW Police Force with 25 years service.

Wayne and Bob recently started the company called Australian Protocol Services .

This initially came about while discussing war stories over a beer and bragging about certain awards they had each obtained over the years. They quickly discovered that between them they had collected a considerable number of awards, citations and certificates, not to mention the odd piece of memorabilia. However, the sad part was that each and every item was stored away in a drawer somewhere gathering dust. And no doubt this also applies to almost everyone these days. It was at that point they decided to do something about the situation. They both set about developing a suitable storage container, now known as the ‘Service History Binder’. Originally the binder was for their own personal use and it was a display or resume of their own individual achievements that could be kept as a show piece and handed down to their kids at a later time. However after showing the finished product to their work mates it quickly became apparent that many of their colleagues were in the same boat with Service History items and they received request after request to create a similar item for them. Basically this was the start of Australian Protocol Services, Wayne and Bob decided to produce a hard wearing and attractive Service History Binder that a Service Member could display with pride. Wayne, having a strong Military background, has not forgotten about his former colleagues and the same type of product is offered to both past and present members of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Australian Protocol Services can provide a professional framing service for you They can manufacture Honour Boards to enable you to display all you Police Service or Australian Defence Force memorabilia. They can also have Service Shirts mounted and framed.

Their Honour Boards are available in 3 sizes and your choice of Red, Green, Blue or Maroon backgrounds. An Honour Board from APS is a fitting retirement gift for any member who has served the people of Australia.

For all inquiries and further information regarding their products please contact either Wayne or Bob on the phone numbers below or visit their Web Site :

 AUSTRALIAN PROTOCOL SERVICES

Telephone 02 6674 4531 or Mobiles 0412 657 221 and 0412 999 006  Via email wayne.talbot@ausprotocol.com.au or bob.stedman@ausprotocol.com.au 

 

Coping Tips for PTSD

PTSD can be extremely difficult to live with, for both the sufferer themselves and the people around them. PTSD will affect people in different ways and symptoms may vary widely between individuals. Equally, an individual themselves may experience a wide spectrum of feelings, from numbness to extreme anxiety with associated feelings of self harm. It is important to rsepct and try to undertand the individuality of the presentation when beginning to tackle PTSD. Below are some useful tips to help you on the road to recovery.

1. Seek professional help

Recent evidence suggests that 70% of people suffering from PTSD have not sought professional help (source: PTSD UK). There could be many reasons for this, including the fact that you may not realise that you need help or that you feel too embarrassed to seek help. However, working with a professional will more likely help you make those steps towards your recovery. It has also been shown that it is never too late to seek help. People have been seen to benefit form treatment for many years after the initial event that led to their PTSD. Initial consultation should be through your GP. From here, dependent on how long you have been experiencing symptoms and the severity, the next stage will likely be a referral to a mental health specialist. This specialist will help devise an individualised treatment plan to work towards your recovery.

2. Talking and understanding 

People with PTSD can often find it hard to trust those around them following a traumatic event. This can potentially lead to a breakdown in relationships. Where you feel able to, it is important that you try and utilise your support network and talk to the people around you. If you are able to explain what you are feeling and how this may affect your behaviour, those closet to you will be able to begin to understand and perhaps modify their behaviour in response to your actions. It may be something as simple as saying to your friends: "Thankyou for your invites out but right now, busy places frighten me. Could we stay in?" In this way, you are able to maintain key relationships whilst not subjecting yourself to a stressful situation. If you feel that you are unable to express yourself at this point in time (which is completely inderstandable), then you can direct people to a PTSD website so that they can read and gain an understanding of what you may be experiencing.

3. Know your triggers

Different people respond to PTSD in different ways. For some people, closed environments may trigger flashbacks so something as simple as taking the stairs rather than the lift may minimise flashbacks. Other people may need to avoid noisy atmospheres, such as train stations. Understand what works for you and let those around you know too.Importantly, understand what you are experiencing is a normal physiological response to a traumatic situation. Don't chastise yourself and allow yourself the time you need to recover.