The physical and mental well-being of all law enforcement professionals has always been an important priority for the IACP. While there are no definitive numbers on suicides among law enforcement officers in the United States, annual estimates put the figure at approximately twice the number of officers killed by felonious assault or traffic-related injury.
In June 2014, the IACP and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) released Breaking the Silence on Law Enforcement Suicides, to provide guidance and tangible strategies for law enforcement executives on how to address these issues within their departments. Report findings emerged from a 2013 IACP national symposium on officer suicide and mental health which brought together law enforcement and mental health practitioners to discuss contemporary strategies for suicide prevention and intervention, as well as protocols for post-incident response.
In an effort to build upon the findings of the report and continue the dialogue surrounding this important topic, the IACP will host an Executive Roundtable on Police Officer Suicide on Monday, October 27th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. as part of the 2014 Annual Conference in Orlando. Facilitated by Chief Edward Flynn of the Milwaukee, WI Police Department and Dr. John Violanti of the University of Buffalo, this discussion will provide a forum for law enforcement professionals to examine the important issue of officer suicide.
The IACP encourages all of those attending the Annual Conference to consider attending the Executive Roundtable on Police Officer Suicide. For more information on the IACP’s efforts to raise awareness on officer mental health and suicide, please visit the Preventing Law Enforcement Officer Suicide page.
It is the IACP’s position that no injury to or death of a law enforcement professional is acceptable, and the IACP Center for Officer Safety and Wellness strives to improve awareness on all aspects of officer safety. To learn more and to share best practices pertaining to officer safety and wellness please visit http://www.iacp.org/CenterforOfficerSafetyandWellness or contact the Center staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.