vii. JONATHON PATEN
Senior Constable Paten was stationed at Queanbeyan. For some period of time Paten was exhibiting clear signs of mental illness that were recognised at the time by the Police Psychologist. Paten resigned from the NSW Police and committed suicide. The Coroner found that it was more convenient for the NSW Police to accept a resignation than to attempt to deal with an unwell employee in a professional way.
The Coroners Inquest has made a number of recommendations about dealing with mentally ill officers.