For decades, officer suicide was a topic that most law enforcement agencies did not talk about or even acknowledge. But today, with more officers dying by suicide than are being killed in the line of duty, law enforcement leaders recognize the crisis within their ranks and the importance of addressing the issue forcefully and publicly. But what exactly should they do? What are the promising practices in police officer suicide awareness and prevention?
This webinar will highlight findings from a new report by the Police Executive Research Forum that examines what we know about officer suicide and the best ways to prevent it. Webinar attendees will:
- Learn about the latest research on police officer suicide.
- Hear about innovative and promising practices from a range of law enforcement agencies across the country.
- See how some agencies are using “psychological autopsies” to better understand why officers take their lives and to guide prevention strategies.
- Review the key takeaways from PERF’s report on officer suicide.
The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is an independent research organization that focuses on critical issues in policing. Since its founding in 1976, PERF has identified best practices on fundamental issues such as reducing police use of force; developing community policing and problem-oriented policing; using technologies to deliver police services to the community; and evaluating crime reduction strategies. Through its membership of 3,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, researchers and other officials, PERF strives to advance professionalism in policing and to improve the delivery of police services through the exercise of strong national leadership; public debate of police and criminal justice issues; and research and policy development.