All in a typical tough day's work

WEARING the blue uniform comes with responsibilities, many of which require Liverpool police to go above and beyond their call of duty.

The night of November 12 was one on which Senior Constable Denise Craig, 41, and Sergeant Ross Gibson, 32, needed to act using both their instincts and their training.

They were called to a home after reports of a 21-year-old man stabbing himself in the neck.

While Sergeant Gibson restrained the man, who was violently struggling against any aid, Senior Constable Craig worked quickly to keep the man alive until paramedics arrived.

"I didn't know what to expect before I arrived," she said.

"When we got to the scene a lady came out of the house covered in blood.

"So I quickly went into the house and picked up a towel and applied pressure to the man's wound.

"I think I was in that same position for about 10 minutes, but it felt like forever."

It was a bloody scene that left her pants and boots soaked.

"There was lots of blood and I knew I couldn't move," she said.

"I was just concentrating on what I needed to do while trying to avoid being hit by his arms and legs. I even got blood in my eyes and mouth."

The man died on November 14. His family requested his organs be donated.

There are many such cases in Liverpool, Detective Inspector Dean Johnstone said.

He said on average Liverpool police were called to 30 mental-illness cases each month.

"Police are often faced with difficult circumstances," he said.

"However, the training police receive gives them the tools to take decisive action.

"In saying that, the impact of incidents such as this does take its toll on police officers.

"NSW officers have systems and organisations for reducing the impact these types of incidents have on the individual officers.

"The praise for Senior Constable Craig and Sergeant Gibson is well deserved. But good police work aside . . . we encourage anyone to seek assistance from medical professionals if need be."

Liverpool Superintendent Ray King was proud of the officers for "their professionalism and dedication to their duties during the critical circumstances they were faced with".

For help or information call Lifeline on 131 114 or visit beyondblue.org.au.

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