It takes a certain type of police officer to work for the Gold Coast Child Protection Investigation Unit.
Detective Senior Sergeant Troy Penrose has revealed an eye-opening insight into his role of leading a team of 44 detectives tasked with the job of investigating the most harrowing and shocking cases of child abuse.
Their job varies from investigating a shaken baby one day, a drowning the next, cracking a child exploitation case or reading up to 100 department reports received on a daily basis, The Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
Detective Senior Sergeant Troy Penrose (pictured far left with two of his detectives) has revealed an eye opening insight into his job, where it takes a certain type of person to work for the Gold Coast Child Protection Investigation Unit
Their job varies from investigating a shaken baby one day, a drowning the next, cracking a child exploitation case (stock image)
Many of the disturbing images and scenes they’re confronted with remain with the officers forever.
But despite the challenges and investigating that have a long lasting effect on officers, Sen-Sgt Penrose told the Gold Coast Bulletin his unit is a rewarding and positive place to work.
‘There are some jobs that will deeply shock you,’ Sen-Sgt Penrose told the publication.
‘It can evoke and stir up your emotions and the challenge for us and in the future is to manage that, because there is a bigger end game and that is securing the safety of a child.’
One of the traumatic parts of the job is interviewing young victims, where many don’t realise that what has happened to them is wrong.
‘Often the detectives are dealing with things that could impact the victim for the rest of their lives,’ Sen-Sgt Penrose said.
Around 44 detectives tasked with the job of investigating the most harrowing and shocking cases of child abuse on the Gold Coast (stock image)
One of the traumatic parts of the job is interviewing young victims of child abuse (stock image)
The unit revealed this week that it has been investigating a case where a four-month-old baby was allegedly shaken so badly it suffered a severe brain bleed earlier this month.
The baby was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital on July 9 suffering a seizure.
‘The injuries were consistent with a shaken baby, we will allege,’ Det Sen-Sgt Penrose told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
A man, 35, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm and appear in Southport Magistrates Court at a later date.
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