Police suicides are occurring at alarming rates. This crisis is an international problem within the law enforcement community.
In July of 2014, Brian Nordli reported that Bob Douglas, founder of the National Police Suicide Foundation stated that two officers commit suicide for each officer who is killed in the line of duty by a criminal.
The statistical reporting on police suicides make the problem difficult to study because not all departments report law enforcement suicides.
The Reality of Police Suicide
Comparing police suicide suicides for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 and comparing them to police officer line of duty deaths for the same period the magnitude of the crisis becomes clear. Police suicide is the number one cause of death of among law enforcement officers.
|Statistics from The Badge of Life||Statistics from Officer Down Memorial Page|
|2008 Police Suicides: 141||2008 Police Line of Duty Deaths: 161|
|2009 Police Suicides: 143||2009 Police Line of Duty Deaths: 140|
|2010 Police Suicides: 145||2010 Police Line of Duty Deaths: 177|
|2011 Police Suicides: 147||2011 Police Line of Duty Deaths: 180|
|2012 Police Suicides: 126||2012 Police Line of Duty Deaths: 133|
The Mission to Save Lives
Police suicide prevention programs have the real possibility to help reduce the incidents of police suicides. The emotional scars of policing are real. Even when an officer retires, the emotional scars from their faithful service are present. Suicide for retired law enforcement officers is a problem and we must take care of active and retired law enforcement officers and provide them access to mental healthcare professionals.
Police Suicide Stories 2015
These stories are only but a glimpse of the reality and size of police suicide crisis. The law enforcement community has a crisis on our hands. It is going to take courage and strong leadership to make a difference.
A difference that can save a life!
About the Author: Mark Bond worked in law enforcement and has been a firearms trainer for more than 30 years. His law enforcement experience includes the military, local, state, and federal levels as a police officer and criminal investigator. Mark obtained a BS and MS in Criminal Justice, and M.Ed in Educational Leadership with Summa Cum Laude Honors. Mark has a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) with a concentration in college teaching and learning. Mark is currently an assistant professor of criminal justice at a university and adjunct professor of administration of justice studies at a community college.