Thursday, January 17, 2019

Police negotiator who died on Christmas Eve was struggling with PTSD, family reveal as they launch fundraising appeal

A police negotiator who died on Christmas Eve was struggling with PTSD his family has revealed, as they launch a fundraising campaign in his memory.

Detective Inspector Terry Hopkins, who served with South Wales Police, was a married father of three children.

He had joined the 9/12th Royal Lancers from the age of 16 before joining the force, where he progressed to become a negotiator, his son said.
"I do not want my Dad's death to be in vain, nor do I want the bad to be remembered. Only the positive. So, can you help me, help them that are suffering?... 
My Dad was a good man who affected everyone he met in a positive way."
Read more and find out how you can support them [HERE].  

Did you know more police officers in the U.S. died by suicide than by being killed in the line of duty in 2018? Negotiators (and all law enforcement), you do a great job keeping the public safe, make sure to take care of yourself too. 

You are not alone. It is not hopeless. Help is available and you have options: 

  • In the U.S., you can text BLUE to 741741 (Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7, and confidential).
  • Call the national hotline at 800.273.TALK (8255)
  • Cop Line: 800.267.5463