Police Remembrance Day in Newcastle hears of post-traumatic stress disorder challenges

THE Hunter’s fallen police officers have been remembered in a moving ceremony that also highlighted the dangers of post-traumatic stress disorder.

About 100 police personnel and the families of fallen officers attended Christ Church Cathedral on Friday morning to commemorate Police Remembrance Day. The commemoration heard that post-traumatic stress disorder had taken more police officers than “the harm done by criminals”.

“That is a fact,” Newcastle police acting chaplain Roger Foletta said.

At Belmont police station, a memorial wall was dedicated to seven officers killed in the line of duty in Lake Macquarie since 1863.

Local Area Commander Superintendent Brett Greentree said: “I hope and pray that this wall is now complete”.