FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2013
IACP AND COPS OFFICE HOST NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
ON OFFICER SUICIDE
Breaking the Silence: A National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide
Alexandria, VA – On July, 11, 2013, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in collaboration with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), will host Breaking the Silence: A National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide.
The all-day symposium will take place at the Alexandria Police Department, and will address the fact that the number of officers committing suicide last year was twice as high as either officers killed by felonious assault or killed in traffic accidents.
The symposium will consist of 40 pre-selected invitees that are subject matter experts on the issues and from the fields of law enforcement, health, mental health, suicide prevention, and other key stakeholders.
The goal is to develop a set of policy recommendations that will increase the capacity of police, working closely with other disciplines, to create a culture within law enforcement that addresses mental health issues at early stages thus reducing and preventing future officer suicides.
Working together, participants will develop a plan of action so they can provide guidance to their officers to amplify awareness of suicide and mental health and to create a culture of change that mainstreams and normalizes mental health issues.
Guest speakers at the symposium include Tony West, Associate Attorney General of the United States; Eddie Reyes, Deputy Chief of the Alexandria Police Department; Yost Zakhary, IACP 1st Vice President and Chief of the Woodway (TX) Police Department; Beau Thurnauer, Deputy Chief of the East Hartford (CT) Police Department; Katherine Deal, Deputy Secretary, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention; and Dr. John Violanti, University of Buffalo (NY).