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Implementing Peer Support Services in Small and Rural Law Enforcement Agencies - New
COPS - 02/14/23

The enemy within: Soldier suicides outpaced combat deaths in 2012
NBC News - 1/3/13

Crisis Hotline Hopes To Decrease Firefighter Suicide
KUTV.com - 12/21/12

War Torn: Suicide and the Military
The Wall Street Journal - 12/21/12

Cop 'broke down' night before suicide
The West Australian - 2/14/12

Detroit Officers Cope With Stress of the Job
Officer.com - 1/31/12

Suicide Cop's Fiancée Called Precinct Minutes Before He Shot Himself
gothamist.com - 1/21/12

Q&A with Dr. Richard Weinblatt: When police officers commit suicide
AnnArbor.com - 12/31/11

Are unrealistic life expectations to blame for baby boomer suicides?
Time Healthland Online - 10/05/10

Are you unbalanced? The self-imposed threats to our own equilibrium
Mike Wasilewski and Althea Olson, LCSW - LawOfficer.com - 08/17/09

ATF agent kills wife, self
azdailysun.com - 04/6/10

Beyond Survival
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin - May 2009

Border patrol sees spikes in suicides
Associated Press - 08/06/10

Breaking the Silence: Suicide Prevention in Law Enforcement
The Carson J Spencer Foundation - 07/19/14

Carbondale Police officer was on duty at time of suicide
Post Independent - 03/24/11

Console families of military suicides, lawmakers urge Obama
CNN.com - 12/23/09

Cop counsellors deployed - NCU-trained police officers to help colleagues in crisisi
Jamaica Observer - 05/29/11

Cops' mental health a 'top priority': police brass
Bryn Weese, Toronto Sun - 03/03/11

Counselors monitoring prison officers with PTSD
Boston Globe Online - 09-06-10

Deluged. When Katrina hit, where were the police?
The New Yorker - 01/09/06

Essex corrections officer fired 15 times in murder-suicide shooting that left infant dead - NJ.com - 08/04/09

Governor Charlie Crist appoints two to the suicide prevention coordinating council
FloridaGov Press Release - 08/10/10

Groton Mourns The Loss of Lt. Thomas Forbes
Groton Patch - 06/07/11

IL Correx Cop in Public Murder-Suicide
In The Line of Duty Online - 10/2010

In Valor there is Hope: Reflections on the Wall
John Violanti, Ph.D.

Jail guard kills self during lunch hour
NJ.com - 09/03/09

Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental Health
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Online - 03/11/13

LB police veteran commits suicide in Las Vegas
www.dailybreeze.com - 04/27/10

Mansfield Township Patrolman Jeff Conklin's death appears to be suicide, authorities say
LeHighValleyLive.com - 09/17/10

Marine Corps seeks to use buddy ethic to stem rise in suicides
Los Angeles Times Online - 09/10/10

National Study Reveals that 8.3 Million Adults Had Thoughts of Suicide
NSDUH Report - 09/17/09

N.J. trooper's death highlights 'very real problem' of suicide in law enforcement
nj.com - 06/17/10

No Airman left behind: Life after suicide
Schriever Air Force Base - 01/21/11

Officer in shooting commits suicide
Journal Sentinel Online - 11/01/10

Peer Support in Law Enforcement; A Helping Hand
Dell Hackett

Petersburg mourns police chief at funeral service
The State Journal-Register.com - 09/16/10

Planning ahead for losing sleep
American Police Beat - 01/12/10

Preventing Law Enforcement Officer Suicide
www.theiacp.org - 08/11/18

Psych clinic works to gain HPD trust
Houston Chronicle - 11/27/09

Psychological Issues in Line-of-Duty Suicides: Stress, Coping, and Defense Mechanisms
Richard L. Levenson, Jr., Psy.D., CTS

Pulling loved ones out of the lure of suicide
The Washington Post - 03/3/10

PTSD: Fighting the Stigma
Time Magazine Online - 07/19/12

Sleep Deprivation: What Does it Mean for Public Safety Officers?
Bryan Vila, Ph.D.

Stopping cops from taking own lives - The Star Ledger, New Jersey

Stress is a killer
Toronto Sun Online - 03/11/10

Stress Management in Law Enforcement - Third Edition
Carolina Academic Press - 2013

Study: Children of suicide more likely to take own lives
edition.cnn.com - 04/21/10

Suicide another danger faced by cops
San Francisco Chronicle - The New York Times - 05/22/11

Suicide Bigger Threat for Police Than Criminals
Alison Leigh Cowan - The New York Times - 04/8/08

Suicide of Wisconsin Justice Department official Craig Klyve stuns family
Postcresent News - 10/27/09

Suicide prevention must be a priority
American Police Beat - 01/12/2010

Suicide Rates Jolt Police Culture
John Ritter, USA TODAY - 02/02/07

The Renewed Centurion newsletter
Peace Officer Ministries newsletter to equip and inform officers and chaplains

The Tragic Toll of Police Work
Lt. Joseph Pangaro, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin - February 2010

Top 10 Myths about Mental Illness
Pamela Kulbarsh, RN, Officer.com - 03/09/11

Unsung Heroes to Receive 2009 Human Rights Awards
Human Rights Council Tampa/Hillsborough County, 12/2/09

Veteran Cop Revealed as Gunman in Murder/Suicide
Salem-News.com - 02/14/10

Force Science News articles:

#5 About Traumatic Stress - 11/11/04

#100 The Pain Behind the Badge - 06/20/08

#101 Practical pointers for preventing “suicide by inches” - 07/8/08

#139 Midnight shift and health risks: New study tells sobering truths - 12/18/09

National Institute of Mental Health articles:

Depression: A Treatable Illness - Fact Sheet

Men and Depression - Fact Sheet

PoliceOne.com articles:

20 tips for helping a traumatized officer - two part series

Police Officer Suicide: How to cope, how to heal

Police Officer Suicide: Recognizing the signs and helping our colleagues in distress

Police Suicide: A Special Newsline Series - three-part series

Practical pointers for preventing "suicide by inches"

PTSD can attack years later

Survivors of Suicide

The Pain Behind the Badge

Tips for "keeping it together" after a bad call



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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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