Across Australia over the past 24 months there have been numerous ‘baddies’ who have been ‘shot dead’ by police. This article specifically looks at this subject.
Five things happen
The do-gooders come as one upon such a situation shouting police abuse.
The killing / violence spree by the baddie (as it were) ceases immediately
There is high trauma amongst those witnessing it or part of it
The officer him / herself in trauma
The Police / Ambulance Chaplains becomes involved
You would not see any do-gooder anywhere near such an incident, they are safe high and dry in their inner city leftie abodes on their lap tops and iphones braying to all and sunder and wickedness of police brutality.
Knives, guns, whatever are the weapons of such ‘baddies’ and there is little concern for those of whom they come after - these innocents have partners (wives or husbands), children, mothers and fathers, close relatives, parents and grand parents, bestest friends, colleagues. Reality check.
Witnessing the event
Those who are on the scene and watch / sees / the events as they unfold, hears the shouts, the threats, the screams, the shots, people going down, often not aware of all the circumstances and their lives are changed forever. They too could have been part of the reality of death and mental trauma. They too have partners, husband or wife, children, and the like.
Trauma of Police
Although highly trained the police officer who pulls the trigger to protect – their life changes forever. Killing someone, regardless of the circumstances has a traumatic effect on them – they too have a husband or wife, often children, a mum and dad, close relatives, work colleagues.
Police / Ambulance Chaplains
The police / Ambulance chaplains are often the unsung heroes of the day. Their ministry goes on not for one day, not two, not a month or two, but often for years. The police chaplain doesn’t sign on at 8.30am and signs off at 5.00pm. The police chaplains are on duty 24/7.
The nature of chaplaincy – whatever – Police, Military, Community, Industry, Sport, Hospital. Ambulance, Service Clubs … fulfil and very quiet ministry, but intrinsic to the life of the nation.
Ask someone who has experienced the above and a chaplain has come - the calm, the quiet word, the comfort from the Word, whatever, a friend …
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand. Dr Mark Tronson’s Press Service International in 2019 was awarded the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award, The Gutenberg. In September 2020 Summer Moore presented her commission portrait of Dr Mark Tronson holding the Gutenberg plaque. The above photo is the upper part from this portrait.
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