Law enforcement agencies are shaken to the core with the death of one of their own. The response is even more complex when that death comes at the officer's own hand. IACP has long recognized there is an urgent and ongoing need for leadership on the issue of employee suicide prevention and awareness.
National Officer Safety Initiatives: The National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicides
One officer suicide is one too many. Through the newly-created National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide, a program of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's National Officer Safety Initiatives, the International Association of Chiefs of Police will lead a national conversation around the issues of officer mental health and suicide.
The silence cannot continue. The Consortium will provide a national voice to the mental health needs of law enforcement, bringing together experts from law enforcement agencies and families, mental health and suicide prevention services, and academia to raise awareness and prevent law enforcement suicide.
The Consortium will lead to the development of suicide awareness and prevention tools and resources for law enforcement officers, agencies, and family members. A comprehensive report on Consortium findings identifying recommendations, policy updates, messaging strategies, and more will also be developed.
The Signs Within: Suicide Prevention Education and Awareness Report
The Signs Within: Suicide Prevention Education and Awareness report provides suicide prevention education and awareness. The report includes recommendations for command staff, common factors associated with suicide, and national and local resources. The executive overview also discusses the benefits of employee assistance programs, resiliency building, peer support teams, and staff psychologists specific to law enforcement as possible programs to help prevent officer suicide and increase officer wellness.
Critical Components of Officer Mental Wellness and Resiliency Brochure
The Critical Components of Officer Mental Wellness and Resiliency brochure discusses how family and friends of law enforcement can help prevent officer suicide. The brochure also provides a list of possible warning signs, includes information on the importance of mental wellness and responses to trauma, and lists national and local resources.
Officer Suicide Prevention and Awareness Poster
The Officer Suicide Prevention and Awareness poster, funded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, raises awareness and provides resources to prevent officer suicides. The poster is designed for law enforcement officers to remind them that suicide is preventable. Included on the poster is an awareness message along with potential warning signs and two hotlines numbers provided as a call to action. Hang these posters up in break rooms, locker rooms, and roll call and training rooms as a reminder to all that suicide is preventable.
Breaking the Silence Report
This Breaking the Silence: A National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental Health report offers actionable strategies designed as a roadmap for police departments seeking to include officer mental wellness as a core element of officer safety and well-being and to mitigate the threat of officer death by suicide. These strategies are designed to prevent the destructive effects of emotional trauma, mental illness, and officer deaths by suicide on a police community; to successfully intervene when officers confront mental health crises, mental illness, or suicidal behavior; and, to provide effective event response protocols when an officer dies by suicide in an agency.
BLUE Documentary is a docudrama that was originally conceived to create greater public awareness of all too frequent suicides among law enforcement in the United States, and as a catalyst for mental and emotional health training programs for police departments across the country.