Wearing a badge comes with great responsibility. People join the force because they want to help people. Every day, they’re out there serving us to keep the country we live in safe.

Officers see it all – the good, the bad and the downright ugly. Over time, it’s easy for them to get tainted and feel as though they’re not making a difference. The reason for joining the force starts to fade.

Support their service, through thick and thin

It’s important to be proud of your partner for the work they’re doing, no matter what it is. But this particularly rings true for officers. They work long shifts and are emotionally and physically challenged. It’s not a regular 9-5 job.

If your partner is an officer, do what you can to support them and show them you’re proud and that you value what they are doing. Don’t let them doubt what you think of their job. Our community is a better and safer place, thanks to them.

It’s easy for us to complain about the shift work and intense stress, but this can come off as unsupportive. Sometimes we don’t even know we’re doing it.

Create meaningful family moments and build a space at home that grounds your partner. Nothing about life as an officer is ‘normal’, but having a positive place to come home to makes a world of difference.

Your role as the family of a police officer is bigger than you realise. The lines can blur between police work and home. It’s hard to switch off emotions on the drive home, so encourage communication, acknowledgement and encouragement.

We all need to ‘download’. And they do, more than most. So, listen when your partner needs to talk. Laugh when they need the distraction. Become their foundation – their support base. You’re most likely going to notice concerning changes in behaviour first.

You just don’t share the morning (or night) coffee with them. Think of yourself as a key part of their team. Because you are.