Lowestoft PC takes on the charity push-up challenge craze
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He is more used to patrolling the streets of Lowestoft than taking part in an internet craze.
But one Suffolk police officer hopes embarking on the global push-up challenge will not only raise awareness of an important issue but show the human side of the force.
PC Edward Frazer, a neighbourhood response team officer based in in the coastal town, was nominated by other bobbies to take on the tough test of strength and physical stamina.
Those nominated have to complete 22 push-ups on 22 days to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military veterans. But instead of just doing his push-ups at home, PC Frazer has decided to complete the challenge in uniform in the best-known parts of his beat – to show him out and about in the community.
So far he has completed the challenge in a variety of locations, such as Ness Point and at Kirkley and Pakefield Football Club's Walmer Road ground.
'It's all about getting people to understand PTSD,' he explained.
'However it also breaks down barriers between the police and some parts of the community, as people can see what we do and engage with police officers on a personal level.'
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PC Frazer has been posting videos of his efforts on Twitter, which he believes is a useful way of communicating with the public.
'The force is really driving forward with social media,' he said. 'A lot of it is job-related, as people want to know what we're doing – but it also shows the personal side of things. The press-up challenge is a great way to break down that barrier. If it changes one person's view of the police, that's a good thing.' Twitter users can follow @PCEdwardFrazer and Tweet suggestions of where he can complete the challenge.
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