Camden cops are rolling up their sleeves for a good cause.
The local law enforcers are preparing to take part in the NSW Police Bleed4Blue campaign, where they will all donate blood.
The campaign was started after child abuse squad Detective Sergeant John Breda was stabbed while attempting to arrest a suspected paedophile at Maroubra Junction Hotel on Australia Day.
Camden police commander Ward Hanson said the campaign was a way for the force to thank the community for their support during the tough time.
“Bleed4Blue is NSW Police Force’s way of showing support to and appreciation of the community, and especially those that donate blood,” Superintendent Hanson said.
“As I understand it, Detective Sergeant Breda received in excess of 40 transfusions during the efforts to save his life and stabilise him.
“So we’re all going to donate blood and give back to the community and we thank them very much.”
Camden’s blood drive is being organised by Constable Justin Fairbairn.
He said his fellow officers were happy to bear a bit of pain to make a difference.
“It’s just a good cause,” Constable Fairbairn said.
“Everyone is going to need blood at some stage and without donations a lot of people wouldn’t survive.”
Superintendent Hanson said there might be some squeamish officers when the needles came out.
“I think we’re all human at the end of the day and people react differently when they give blood,” he said. “I think the best way of coping is just to look away. They say the most rewarding part is getting your cookie at the end – the cookie saves lives.”
Camden police are expected to make their blood donations in the middle of February.
Mr Hanson said there would be some competition with other nearby commands, but the biggest competition was between the states of Australia.
The Bleed4Blue campaign is banking on the competitive spirit between state forces.
As of the time of publication, NSW Police donations are well ahead of the rest of the country.