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WELLBEING


THE TOLL OF POLICING OUR ROADS


Scott Lee-Amies, who has been in roads policing for 22 years, is urging colleagues to seek the help they need after a series of distressing events led to him having counselling. “As police officers, we’re good at looking after others but


often it becomes apparent we’re not good at looking after ourselves,” he said. “As roads policing officers we see a lot. We deal with families when a loved one is killed and often experience secondary grief. Many of us do this daily and believe we can just box it off and move on to the next.” After a promotion to sergeant and a short spell on response, Scott became a trauma risk management (TRiM) practitioner and co-ordinator. His return to roads policing saw him become a team supervisor and lead investigator for killed or serious injury (KSI) collisions as well as family liaison co-ordinator for road deaths in Suffolk.


Scott was the lead investigator for a collision in 2016 in which a two-year-old girl was killed. He said it was the most emotionally difficult thing he’d dealt with in his career. “It was made worse by the fact the girl was only a week older than my own daughter, which I found extremely difficult,”


he said. “I worked closely with the family liaison officer, who was also struggling with the deployment. I believe I did all I could to support the officers involved in this investigation but felt that I wasn’t getting any support from my supervisors, perhaps because I gave the impression things like this didn’t affect me.” Later that year, Scott was first on the scene when a boy aged 13 was fatally shot in the neck when he and his friends were playing with an air rifle. “Having performed CPR on the lad with his mother nearby, I was then called immediately to a fatal road traffic collision (RTC),” he said. “I took no time to check myself and no one else appeared to consider that I was going to a fatal RTC straight from the scene of this horrendous accident.” The events began to get on top of Scott, he got angry over minor things, upset over others but thought it would pass. Things came to a head in December 2019, when Scott admits to “unacceptable” behaviour in stopping a member of the public. The person was a therapist. They reported Scott appeared


to be displaying psychological issues and should seek support. He took the advice and finally sought help.


Delivering training to the next


generation of Met Police recruits Babcock in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service is recruiting Police Lecturers for the following two new Police Constable entry routes, as part of the national Police Educational Qualifi cation Framework (PEQF) set by the College of Policing:


i) 3-year Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) ii) 2-year Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)


Due to the continued growth and success of the program, we are recruiting a number of Police Lecturers to join Babcock to deliver the PCDA and DHEP to the next generation of Met Police recruits. The Training will be delivered, on campus, across four London universities.


You will require up to date operational policing experience as well as experience in teaching or training. You will have a willingness to work towards and attain a teaching qualifi cation.


In return, you will receive a salary up to £45,000 rising to £47,500 once the fellowship is attained, a generous benefi ts package, and fl exible working options.


For more information about the available roles:


Visit: jobs.babcockinternational.com/search and search ‘PEQF’ Email: careers@babcockinternational.com Marine | Nuclear | Land | Aviation


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24 | POLICE | DECEMBER 2020


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