Griffith police have rolled up their sleeves, extended the arm of the law, and donated blood for the Bleed4Blue Australian Red Cross campaign.
About a dozen police officers piled into the blood van on Wednesday to donate blood, and they were each awarded a cookie for their bravery.
It’s a cause that’s close to the heart of Griffith police officers; last year one of their colleagues had a serious operation that needed eight bags of blood.
They were able to get the blood they needed thanks to some generous donors, and Griffith Inspector Nick Seddon won’t be forgetting that kindness any time soon.
“That hit a chord with us at the police station, and we would like to give something back to the community,” Inspector Seddon said.
“We should continue that throughout the year as an initiative for Griffith.”
It’s a sentiment echoed by Murrumbidgee Police District Superintendent Peter O'Brien, who is encouraging more police officers to donate blood throughout the year.
“It’s a great initiative; people don’t realise just how much blood is needed for a standard transfusion,” Superintendent O’Brien said.
“As police we see trauma accidents all the time where blood is required, so we understand the need for blood donations.”
Australian Red Cross community relations officer Cathy Chapman said she was grateful to be able to count on the ongoing support of Griffith police.
“We’re really well supported by these police officers today,” Ms Chapman said.
“They’re a really fantastic group that supports us on a regular basis.”
This will be the second year for the Blood4Blue campaign and will continue until February 28.
So far over 700 NSW police officers have rolled up their sleeves and donated blood for this year’s blood drive.
Australia-wide a whopping 2500 officers have donated to the cause so far, with more to come.
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