Belinda Neil joined the NSW Police in 1987 at the age of 19.
During her eighteen year police career she worked in general duties, as an undercover operative, and as a major crime squad detective investigating illicit drug operations, organised crime, and homicide.
Belinda was also a police hostage negotiator and trained at Counter Terrorist level.
At 32 she was a Team Leader for one of only five Counter Terrorist Negotiation Teams for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
In 2002 Belinda was promoted to the rank of Inspector, one of the youngest operational inspectors in the state at that time.
In 2005 Belinda medically retired due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, developed as a result of the many traumatic incidents she had attended.
One of Belinda's main aims is to raise awareness about Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD . After undergoing years of therapy for PTSD, Belinda became aware of numerous hard working police officers and defence personnel who were also medically retired due to PTSD, some committing suicide as a result of their traumatic experiences.
After learning so much in therapy and what had helped on her road to recovery, Belinda felt she might be able to make a difference to others by telling her story in her book 'Under Siege'.
Belinda lives south of Sydney with her two children.