Police Welfare Association President Acting ASP Michael Seales says that while mental health is necessary it has traditionally been seen in a negative light by some members of the TTPS.
He says this has led to mental issues within the police service going unchecked.
Speaking in an interview, he revealed that fortunately, this idea is changing.
He pointed out that the police officer who was involved in the murder/suicide was ridiculed heavily on social media and otherwise, and this would have added to the stress that he was obviously under.
Seales said that the real concern now becomes what will happen to other officers who have these same issues.
Meanwhile, Clinical Traumatologist Haniff Benjamin says that help for officers with mental health issues needs to come early, before its too late.
He said that when an individual gets to the point of mental despair it’s too late.
He said that the nature of the job of police officers means that they would respond to issues with some measure of violence and this, unfortunately, translates in their personal lives as well.