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The resources on this comprehensive list are also individually posted throughout the web site. We welcome your emails with resource suggestions.


Department of Homeland Security Suicide Prevention Training

Preventing Law Enforcement Officer Suicide: A Compilation of Resources and Best Practice (CD-ROM)

"This Emotional Life" - PBS three-part series, January 4-6, 2010 (DVD)


Expert Resources

Dell Hackett - articles, books for purchase and publications

Allen R. Kates, MFAW, BCECR - book for purchase

John Violanti Ph.D. - articles, books for purchase and publications

Stress Management in Law Enforcement - Third Edition - book by Dr. Leonard Territo and Dr. James Sewell.


Free Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - Online Publications

Suicide: The Forever Decision - free E-book by Paul Quinnett, Ph.D. founder of QPR.



The Badge of Life
A psychological survival plan for police officers.

Behind the Badge: Suicide Prevention
A PTSD research and outreach program developed by the Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida, and Florida Regional Community Policing Institute at St. Petersburg College.

Catch a Falling Star
Confidential Assistance Program For Officers and Their families

Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement (CABLE)
Community and law enforcement resources related to mental health.

Law Enforcement Wellness Association, Inc., provides nationwide training, publications and wellness tools for officers.

Cop 2 Cop
This 24-hour help line for New Jersey law enforcement officers and their families is the first program of its kind in the nation, legislated into law to focus on suicide prevention and mental health support for law enforcement officers.

The Counseling Team International
Provides exceptional counseling, training, critical incident intervention and support to personnel and their families within California as well as nationwide.

Crystal Judson Family Justice Center
Domestic violence center created by HB 3402

Desert Waters Correctional Outreach
Mission is to increase the occupational, personal & family well-being of staff of all disciplines within the corrections profession.

Help Promote Hope
Florida statewide office of suicide prevention, which helps implement Florida Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Law Enforcement Mental Health Alliance
Promotes quality mental health and police suicide prevention strategies. Alliance between CABLE and BOL.

Marine Corps Community Services
Offers hotlines, leaders guides, and statistics on marines in distress.

The Pain Behind The Badge
Site showcases documentary film and provides suicide prevention assistance.

Peace Officer Ministries
A Christian law enforcement chaplaincy ministry that serves as a chaplaincy resource for officers, chaplains, police agencies, churches, and communities.

Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance (POPPA)
Assists police officers before their problems become insurmountable and ensures that officers in crisis receive the help they need.

Survivors Of Law Enforcement Suicide site focuses on survivor issues.

Surviving Suicide Loss
Listing of Florida support groups provided by AFSP.

Promotes awareness of law enforcement PTSD and suicide.



2009 Police Suicide Statistics - Officer.com report

California Highway Patrol Suicide Prevention 2009 - PDF

Crisis Referral Services - Washington State requires crisis intervention training.

New Jersey Police Suicide Task Force Report is now available.

The Role of Perfectionism in Law Enforcement Suicide
J. R. Slosar, Ph.D., Presentation to the FBI Symposium, September 23, 1999



I Have a Confession to Make

Our Sheepdog, Our Cops

The Final Inspection

The Suicide Funnel

Share Your Story

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Statistical Accuracy

IN HARM’S WAY is a federally funded program that offers training seminars and workshops nationally on suicide prevention.  This web page offers a plethora of resources, reproducible materials, articles with varying viewpoints, statistics and opinions from which readers can form their own conclusions on the magnitude of the law enforcement suicide problem, its causes and the best approaches to finding a solution.  Statistics are skewed due to the fact that agencies are not required to catalog and report suicide cases and, therefore, frequently agencies do not record suicides as such due to a variety of reasons.  Those law enforcement suicide statistics that appear to be most valid are found in the work of John M. Violanti, Ph.D., Police Suicide: Epidemic in Blue, and Andy O’Hara, Badge of Life, Tracking Police Suicides 2008, 2009.









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