Our Deployed Police Representative is Mark Elm, a veteran of UNMISET.
Policing has in the past been poorly acknowledged for their significant role and contribution to Australia’s Global peacekeeping efforts.
Police, as uniformed service personnel deployed in Australia’s national interest, APPVA recognises the harsh, isolated, complex, and hazardous conditions of service that deployed police serve under as Peacekeepers.
APPVA acknowledges the nature of service of deployed police officers who serve in an independent isolated setting as the visible sentinels for law and order in active and post conflict war zones. APPVA recognises the difference of an AFP deployment where they are not provided with the identical levels of heightened protection, logistics, administrative support, accommodation, laundry and nutrition on mission as their ADF peacekeeping counterparts. APPVA acknowledges that deployed police, like Military Observers do not have a shared deployment journey like the vast majority of ADF members deployed in Battalion settings.
APPVA also recognises the difficulty of navigating post-service support services under DVA, COMCARE and insurance companies for these courageous Australian Veterans.
APPVA acknowledges much work needs to be done in the transition space from deployment with the AFP to returning to domestic police forces throughout the Commonwealth of Australia.
APPVA is the only ex-service organisation that advocates holistically for our nations Deployed Police Veterans, and proactively works to ensure their service with the AFP is treated no different than that of ADF personnel.
APPVA acknowledges the physical and mental health injuries that our police have suffered with whilst on mission and works towards ameliorating and supporting those damaged by their peacekeeping service. APPVA will continue to work with the various Commonwealth Minister’s, State and Territories Ministers for Veterans and Police, DVA, COMCARE, AFP, and State and Territory Police Forces, PFA and other like minded associations to ensure police deployed peacekeeping veterans are supported post service.
APPVA acknowledges those deployed police officers who lost their lives whilst serving as peacekeepers. We Remember Them.