Qld Police Museum Sunday Lecture: Undercover Operative, c1980

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Keith Banks, former Queensland police officer and undercover operative during the 1980's, will recount his career and the impact from PTSD.

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Keith Banks is a former Queensland police officer who served from January 1975 to February 1995.

He is the recipient of two Queensland Police Valour Awards and the Bravery Medal. During his service Keith worked in various uniformed stations including Brisbane Mobile Patrols, as an undercover operative with the Drug Squad, a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Branch, the Metropolitan Task Force, the Tactical Response Group , the Bureau of Criminal Intelligence and finally in Crime Operations.

Keith is the best selling author of Drugs, Guns and Lies, an autobiographical account of the first ten years of his service with a focus on undercover duty. Published by Allen and Unwin, It is raw and confronting and details his experience with corruption and the impact of undercover work on both himself and his undercover colleagues. It has been called ‘The best true crime novel in a decade’ by John Silvester, Crime reporter for The Age newspaper in Melbourne.

His second book, Gun To The Head, about his experience as a Tactical Response Group member, is due for release on July 20, 2021. This book includes a chapter on Operation Flashdance which resulted in the death of Senior Constable Peter Kidd in 1987, the grave wounding of Constable 1/c Stephen Grant and the death of the offender. Keith has written openly about his descent into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the impact of that on his life for the next twenty-five years. It is also a story of recovery.

Keith is a firm advocate for first responders with PTSD and is committed to helping remove the stigma around mental health and particularly PTSD. He lives in Melbourne and works as a Chief Operations Officer in a not for profit organisation. He is also a Peer Support volunteer with Police Veterans Victoria.

This presentation will be of major interest to both veteran and serving police and he hopes will assist in furthering the conversation around dealing with PTSD in first responders.

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Every last Sunday of the month, Queensland Police Museum hosts lectures on all topics relating to the Queensland Police.

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