POLICE Magazine

APR 2019

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34 POLICE APRIL 2019 A ccording to BlueH.E.L.P., 158 officers died by suicide in 2018. e organization, which tracks officer suicides while simultaneously seeking to prevent such tragedies from oc- curring, says the number of officer suicides last year is 9% higher than the total number of 2018 line-of-duty deaths. And 2018 was not a particularly unusual year. BlueH.E.L.P. says the number of officers dying by suicide in 2017 was 154. e total number of duty deaths in 2017 was 137. Imagine if more than 150 officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in a single year. e outrage among American law en- forcement officers would be intense. But suicide is treated differently and because of that we may not even know the extent of the problem. PHOTO: GET T Y IMAGES EXPERTS ARE NOT SURE IF THERE IS A SPIKE IN THE FREQUENCY OF POLICE OFFICERS TAKING THEIR OWN LIVES. WHAT THEY ARE SURE OF IS THAT TOO MANY OFFICERS ARE IN EMOTIONAL PAIN AND SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE. DOUG WYLLIE IS OFFICER SUICIDE ON THE RISE?

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