BlueH.E.L.P.—an organization that tracks police officer suicides while simultaneously seeking to prevent such tragedies from occurring—held several events at Police Week in Washington DC to honor officers who died by suicide and offer support to the families they left behind.
According to ABC News, the organization held a dinner at a hotel just blocks from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at which families were offered the support of the organization as well as from their peers.
Jon Adler—a former law enforcement officer and director of the Bureau of Justice Programs who frequently writes for POLICE—said during the keynote address that police need to "smash stigmas" and "save lives."
According to BlueH.E.L.P., at least 158 officers died by suicide in 2018.
Already in 2019, 78 officers have died by suicide, according to Blue H.E.L.P.
If that rate continues, 2019 would see a 26% jump in law enforcement suicides over last year.