IACP President's Message - Breaking the Silence on Law Enforcement Suicides

Chief Steckler Law enforcement agencies are like families. A special camaraderie forms in a department where men and women work side by side in service to their communities. Not unlike more traditional family units, police departments are shaken to the core with the death of one of their own whether an officer or a professional employee. The response, organizational and individual, is even more complex when that death comes at the employee’s own hand. In a profession where strength, bravery, and resilience are revered, mental health issues and the threat of officer suicide are “dirty little secrets”—topics very few want to address or acknowledge."

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