Simone CARROLL

Victoria Police Force

Regd. # 33923

RankLeading Senior Constable

Stations?, Chelsea Police Stn, Seaford Multi-Disciplinary Centre ( Frankston, Vic. )

ServiceFrom  to  Monday  12 October 2015 = 12+ years Service

Awards?

Born:  25 April 1979

Died on:  Monday  12 October 2015 about 3pm

Cause:  Suicide – service firearm

Age35

Funeral dateTuesday  20 October 2015 @ 10.30am

Funeral locationPolice Academy ( Main Chapel ), 1 View Mt Rd, Glen Waverley, Victoria

Buried at:  Cremated

 

SIMONE is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance
  * BUT SHOULD BE

Simone CARROLL - in happier times

Simone CARROLL – in happier times

Simone Carroll 2 - VicPol - suicided 12 October 2015

 

 Funeral location ? TBA

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Police officer takes her own life at work

Date  
Neelima Choahan

Victoria Police is reeling after a police officer took her own life at a station in Melbourne’s south.

The leading senior constable died at the Seaford Multi-Disciplinary Centre about 3pm on Monday.

Victoria Police spokesman Leading Senior Constable Adam West would not confirm a report that she shot herself with her service weapon. He said there were no suspicious circumstances regarding the incident.

As this incident is before the coroner, it would be inappropriate for us to say any further,” he said.
The leading senior constable’s death is the latest in a series of police suicides, with the coroner already investigating four deaths in recent years. More than 40 Victoria Police officers have reportedly committed suicide since 1990.

The latest comes after Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton last month ordered a comprehensive investigation into how to improve the mental health of officers.

According to the Victorian Department of Human Services, Seaford is one of the four centres across the state which provides support and services for adults and children who have experienced sexual assault.

Police Association secretary Ron Iddles told radio station 3AW that, on top of everyday pressures, officers had to deal with confronting work issues.

One in five of the general community will suffer depression, and if you overlay police work, which has got relatively harder and more stressing over the last couple of years . . . the statistics are in excess of 200 members in the last 12 months are going off sick with mental illness.”

For help or information on mental health issues call Lifeline 131 114

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/police-officer-takes-her-own-life-at-work-20151012-gk7e9y.html

 

October 13, 2015

Force to review police suicides after death of Victorian officer

Victoria Police will review police suicides around Australia after an officer used her gun to take her own life at work.

The incident occurred at 3:00pm on Monday at the Seaford Multi-Disciplinary Centre, a facility providing support for victims of sexual assault in Melbourne’s south-east.

Officers at the centre have been offered counselling, Police Association secretary Ron Iddles said.

Any incident like this that takes place likes this amongst work colleagues is very traumatic for them,” he said.

Those also who are suffering, might be depression or anxiety, need to reach out to your friends and get professional help.

It is believed four officers took their lives last year.

Mr Iddles said the force was looking at ways to try to prevent any more deaths.

I know it’s of concern to the current Chief Commissioner and he’s going to do a review of police suicides around Australia,” he said.

Then [we’ll] see if we can do something to develop a strategy that will hopefully prevent it.”

An investigation will look at the circumstances surrounding the death of the leading senior constable.

Professor Sam Harvey from the Black Dog Institute said the death was a reminder of the mental health consequences of emergency service work.

With the police I guess there’s a particular problem, while a lot of them are having mental health problems, they’re also carrying a weapon around,” he told 774 ABC Melbourne.

This is thankfully still a relatively rare end point.”

About one in 10 emergency services workers show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Prof Harvey said.

He said that meant there were lessons to be learnt from the 90 per cent of workers in the field who are more resilient to mental health issues.

So we’re trying to learn from that and trying to test whether we can train all new emergency workers to learn new resilience techniques,Professor Harvey said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-13/force-to-review-police-suicides-after-death-of-victorian-officer/6849018

 

The Australian

Shock death of police officer at Seaford Multi-Disciplinary centre


 

ABC News

Victorian police officer’s suicide casts spotlight on mental health toll in force

The suicide of a Victorian policewoman has highlighted the heavy toll emergency services work takes on officers and prompted calls for better suicide prevention measures.

The senior constable took her own life while on duty at a centre which helps victims of sexual assault in Melbourne’s south-east, on Monday.

She was a mother in her mid-30s and had been a policewoman for more than 12 years.

Her colleagues have been offered counselling, Police Association secretary Ron Iddles said.

“I think it’s always sad when we actually lose a member, but when a member takes their own life I think it’s far, far more tragic,” he said.

Mr Iddles said 220 police officers had taken sick leave for psychological problems like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress in the last year.

A Police Association survey of 3,500 members found 77 per cent had trouble sleeping because of their work, and 8 per cent had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder over the past three years.

Mr Iddles said the policewoman’s death demonstrated the importance of cultural change, so people could seek help without fearing the consequences.

“I think in the past there has been a stigma in relation to putting your hand up and saying, ‘I’m not coping’, for fear that you might lose your job,” he said.

Four police suicides in recent years prompted Victoria Police to launched a nationwide review.

It is also working on a smartphone app to help officers suffering from mental illness.

Police suicide ‘relatively rare end point’

An investigation will look at the circumstances surrounding the death of the leading senior constable.

Professor Sam Harvey from the Black Dog Institute said the death was a reminder of the mental health consequences of emergency service work.

“With the police I guess there’s a particular problem, while a lot of them are having mental health problems, they’re also carrying a weapon around,” he told 774 ABC Melbourne.

“This is thankfully still a relatively rare end point.”

About one in 10 emergency services workers show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Professor Harvey said.

He said that meant there were lessons to be learnt from the 90 per cent of workers in the field who are more resilient to mental health issues.

“So we’re trying to learn from that and trying to test whether we can train all new emergency workers to learn new resilience techniques,” Professor Harvey said.

Victoria’s Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said the State Government would work closely with police to examine how the mental health of officers could be improved.

“We look forward to working with police command about understanding what it is that drives our frontline emergency services workers to take such a sad step,” he said.

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Simone Carroll 3 - VicPol - suicided 12 October 2015

 

CARROLL. Simone Maree. Leading Senior Constable Victoria Police
25.4.1979 – 12.10.2015
Treasured and devoted mother of 3 wonderful boys; Luke, Max and Ned.
Adored daughter of Jan and the late Peter Twining.
Loving sister of Ingrid, Angela, Peter (dec. ), Rita and Will.
Loved stepdaughter of John.
Simone will always be Loved and Honoured May she enjoy Everlasting Peace
CARROLL. Simone.
Leading Senior Constable 33923
Acting Superintendent Drew Morgan, Officers and employees of the Southern Metro Region Division 4 sincerely regret the tragic passing of our friend and colleague; we stand together to offer our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
Obituaries
Published in Herald Sun on 16/10/2015
CARROLL. Simone.
Leading Senior Constable 33923
Station Command, Sergeants and all Members at Frankston Police Station mourn the tragic loss of our workmate and friend. Our sincerest sympathy is extended to Simone’s family and friends.
Obituaries
Published in Herald Sun on 16/10/2015
CARROLL. Simone.
The President, Executive and Members of The Police Association mourn the passing of Senior Constable Carroll and extend their deepest sympathy to her family. At Rest
Obituaries
Published in Herald Sun on 16/10/2015
CARROLL. Simone.
Leading Senior Constable 33923
Members of the Frankston SOCIT and Frankston SOR are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and colleague. You will always be in our hearts and never forgotten
Obituaries
Published in Herald Sun on 16/10/2015
CARROLL. Simone.
Dear friend will be sadly missed and fondly remembered. Mallory, Mike, Julie, Brian, Carol, John and families.
Obituaries
Published in Herald Sun on 16/10/2015
CARROLL. Simone.
Leading Senior Constable
The Assistant Commissioner and Staff of Crime Command express their heartfelt condolences to Simone’s family, friends and colleagues on her tragic passing.
Obituaries
Published in Herald Sun on 16/10/2015
CARROLL. Simone.
Leading Senior Constable 33923
Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill, Commander Dean Stevenson, Officers and employees of the Southern Metro Region sincerely regret the untimely and tragic passing of our colleague and offer our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
Obituaries
Published in Herald Sun on 16/10/2015
CARROLL. Simone Maree.
Leading Senior Constable 33923
The Chief Commissioner, Officers and Employees of the Victoria Police Force regret the sudden passing of their colleague and offer their deepest sympathy to her family.
Obituaries
Published in Herald Sun on 16/10/2015
Obituaries
Published in Herald Sun on 16/10/2015

http://tributes.heraldsun.com.au/notice/209682014

Fiancee of bullied police officer who took his own life sues the state

EXCLUSIVE: THE fiancee of a bullied police officer who shot himself with his service firearm is suing the state.

Sarah Fleming, 32, says that prior to his suicide, her fiance, Robert John Smith, was in “emotional turmoil” and had made a complaint of workplace bullying, harassment and other stressors.

Ms Fleming says Mr Smith’s decision to take his life was due to the negligence of the force, which was responsible for the training and action of its employees.

Mr Smith died of a gunshot wound to the head while on duty at the Boronia Police station on June 29, 2013.

In a writ filed in the County Court Ms Fleming claims unspecified damages for the injuries she suffered as a result of Mr Smith’s death.

Since 2000, five Victoria Police officers have died in the line of duty, but 16 more have died by their own hand.

Last October, a policewoman and mother of three, who had previously been on mental health leave and had reported her struggles to Victoria Police, turned her police-issued gun on herself while she was on duty at the Seaford Multi-Disciplinary Centre.

That suicide prompted Police Association boss Ron Iddles — who had previously criticised the force’s efforts to tackle bullying — to call for more to be done to improve welfare of police.

Mr Iddles called for early identification programs in police training programs and at the workplace and for more police to talk about problems and show their colleagues help is available.

The association declined to comment yesterday on what progress was being made or whether there needed to be, or had been, a review of the provision of weapons to officers who have lodged mental health claims.

Ms Fleming’s legal action comes as police and ambulance unions campaign to change how mental health claims are treated, and in the case of post-traumatic stress disorder claims, reverse the onus on emergency workers to prove their condition was caused by work, which can sometimes delay much-needed treatment for years.

Between July 2010 and June last year, WorkCover accepted 482 mental injury claims from Victoria Police (and rejected 500), including 241 resulting from harassment and bullying, 252 for work pressure, 167 sparked by traumatic events and 54 due to occupational violence.

And police were hit harder by bullying than stress and trauma, according to members’ claims in 2014-15.

A National Coronial Information System report on Intentional self-harm among emergency service personnel last year revealed that of the 62 police suicides in Australia between July 1, 2000, and December 2012, 25 shot themselves23 with their service-issued firearm.

A Victorian Coroners Prevention Unit report into suicide rates among workers in key professions last year found the annual suicide rate among Victoria police was 10 per 100,000.

Police spokeswoman Sophie Jennings said in the past year the force had improved its complaints handling and completely reformed the way it responds to conflict, claims of bullying and harassment.

DO YOU NEED HELP? If this article causes you distress or if you require more information, police employees can call Welfare Services confidentially 24 hours 7 days a week on 9247 3344, and other members of the community can call Lifeline 13 11 14 or Beyondblue 1300 224 636

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/fiancee-of-bullied-police-officer-who-took-his-own-life-sues-the-state/news-story/c1c4511877a9c84580d1d2c4ee787c6d

 

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