The number of officers committing suicide last year was twice as high as either officers killed by felonious assault or killed in traffic accidents. Many agencies lack the resources to prevent officer suicide from occurring and are unprepared to respond effectively to it when it does. That is why the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) have teamed up to host a national symposium on law enforcement officer suicide.
The all-day symposium, Breaking the Silence: A National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide, will commence tomorrow, July 11th at the Alexandria Police Department. The 40 pre-selected invitees that are subject matter experts on the issues and from the fields of law enforcement, health, mental health, and suicide prevention will work together to develop a plan of action so they can provide guidance to law enforcement officers to amplify awareness of suicide and mental health issues at early stages thus reducing and preventing future officer suicides.
The IACP will be tweeting live from the event and will post a follow-up blog on what we have learned. In addition, we will be issuing formal guidance and recommendations.