Minister for Police
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Former police officers and their families are being urged to make contact with NSW Police Legacy’s support initiative BACKUP For Life as it expands its services in the new year.
Minister for Police Troy Grant was today named as the first Ambassador of the BACKUP For Life mentoring program by the Chair of NSW Police Legacy, Paul Bousfield and President of the Police Association of NSW, Scott Weber.
Mr Grant said the mentoring program is one of five initiatives forming the overarching BACKUP For Life project, which has gone from strength to strength since its launch in August this year.
"I am enormously proud to be named an Ambassador of the BACKUP For Life mentoring program. I look forward to working closely with Police Legacy and the Police Association to ensure the mentoring program is made available to all those who need it.
"BACKUP For Life represents the fulfillment of one of the government’s key election commitments, and I am so proud that it is the first government-funded initiative of its kind in Australia, designed to work not just with former officers, but their families as well."
Chair of Police Legacy Paul Bousfield said eight former officers and one current serving police officer have already undergone training to become BACKUP For Life mentors, with further training courses due to be held in February and April 2017.
"The mentoring program is absolutely crucial as we see many former NSW police officers transitioning out of the job facing a broad range of challenges when they return to a civilian lifestyle, in particular mental health issues, which can significantly impact on their immediate family," Mr Bousfield said.
President of the Police Association of NSW Scott Weber paid tribute to police officers across the state, saying BACKUP For Life recognises the valuable service of officers, as well as the challenges they face in adapting to post-police life.
"It takes a particular type of person to step forward, often into harm’s way, and commit themselves to such a job, giving up their own peace of mind to preserve it for others," Mr Weber said.
"We thank the NSW Government for their funding commitment to BACKUP For Life – without their support, this project wouldn’t have gotten off the ground."
Further information on all the services provided by BACKUP For Life, including information about becoming a mentor, can be found at http://www.policelegacynsw.org.au/what-is-backup-for-life/
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