Many jobs test you
Lots of careers make you grow
Few get you shot at.
Some of you who have been with me since I started here know I work for the Queensland Police Service at Headquarters in Brisbane city. I work in the communications room controlling the North and South Metropolitan policing districts as radio despatcher (for want of a better term) and Triple-0 emergency calltaker. I am not a sworn police officer of the QPS, but a civilian employee.
I parked in the underground carpark at work two nights ago in a spot I don't normally park and, while walking to the lift, found three old car doors riddled with bullet holes. I don't know how long they've been sitting there, but the type of vehicle they're off is a mid 1990's model Ford Falcon sedan. I didn't think much of it at the time but decided to go back and photograph them another time for a 365 entry.
That same night, while I was the radio operator controlling the Brisbane City and Brisbane West radio areas, I had a young police officer seriously assaulted by a drug affected member of the public in a nightclub in Fortitude Valley. The officer was king hit by this person then, before he was able to react, knocked to the ground and held in a position in which he was unable to defend and continually beaten until his partner was able to draw a taser and disable the attacker.
These kids put their lives on the line every single day to safeguard the public for very little in the way of acknowledgement or thanks. They take abuse from all levels of society for doing their job, as well as from their managers when they waver slightly in their duties.
When I have these kids on a radio channel I control, they are MY kids and I take serious offence whenever any one of them is injured, abused, spat on or winds up in hospital due to the hands of any deranged, drug affected, drunk or dirty member of the public.
I didn't know the result of the serious assault when I left work yesterday and only found out halfway through tonight's shift. I got the picture as I left work this morning at 0400hrs.
I am upset at the moment. Please forgive the rant.