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How Best Protect Your Force Against Officer Suicide

John Violanti
John Violanti, Research Professor at Buffalo, discusses the importance of making police departments aware that officer suicide is a problem. According to Violanti, police officers have a significantly higher rate of suicide than the general public. Reasons for this higher risk include the accumulative effects of trauma and stress.

Violanti describes steps police agencies are taking to help police officers, including teaching recruits what they may experience on the job. He also explains the need to change the culture so that police officers are more acceptable to seeking help when needed.

Date Published: May 16, 2017