Police Suicide: An International Crisis


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.

Family uses former Rockford cop’s suicide to spread awareness

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!

NYPD sergeant commits suicide at home

Family Blames Baltimore for Officer’s Suicide

Bay Ridge police officer dies in apparent suicide

Former officer’s suicide note: Girls ‘taken away’

Phillipsburg officer’s apparent suicide shocks town, police

Detroit police officer dead in apparent suicide

Milford officer’s death ruled a suicide

IMPD cop shoots, kills self at home

HPD: Officer found dead inside car at park in apparent suicide

San Antonio officer found dead in apparent suicide at police headquarters garage

ME confirms retired Miami-Dade Police director committed suicide


Medical Examiner: Former MPD officer, recent aldermanic candidate Michael Lutz dies in apparent suicide

Detroit cop in probe shot himself outside parents’ home

Breaking news: Parsippany Police Officer Commits Suicide

South Carolina cop barricades himself in home, commits suicide during armed standoff

Fired Portland police officer death ruled suicide

Waterbury Deputy Chief’s Death Called Suicide

West Palm Beach Police Officer Found Dead . . . Suicide Suspected!

Former Milwaukee police officer dies after apparent suicide after standoff

Chief: Suicide Note Indicated Killings Of Retired White Plains Cop, Teen Daughters ‘Premeditated’

Police officer dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Retired Cliffside Park cop, 82, commits suicide after killing son, authorities say

Murder-suicide took place at cop’s birthday celebration

Police Commissioner Involved in Charlie Hebdo Investigation “Commits Suicide”. Total News Blackout

Israeli Cop Who Feuded With Rabbi Pinto Commits Suicide

Officer kills wife, daughter in murder-suicide in Ankara

Mystery Deepens in Senior Police Officer’s Suicide

Jamaican police officer murders colleague, commits suicide

Bihar: Police station officer in-charge shoots himself dead

IAS officer found dead in Bengaluru

Retired Phuket police officer commits suicide

Emsworth police officer’s suicide prompts concern over care

Mark Bond

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.