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Trauma Care for the Soul

Suicide kills more of our fellow officers than any other cause, and we can't help them if we ignore their pain.

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Southern California Officers Given Resilience Training

More than a dozen local and state police officers, dispatchers and other members of public safety gathered in a first of its kind training in California, centered on how to deal with mental health and trauma.

Research Shows that 158 Police Officers Died by Suicide in 2018

For the third straight year, police officer suicides exceed all combined causes of line-of-duty deaths.

Off-Duty Florida Deputy Dies by Suicide

A deputy with the Pinellas County (FL) Sheriff's Office reportedly died by suicide early Saturday morning.

Equilibrium

It is tough to have effective training when the troops are not receptive to the message.

Georgia Officer Sues Department over Firing, Claiming Disability

An officer fired by the Decatur (GA) Police Department is suing the city over claims that he was let go because of a disability.

Letting Go

Decide to live in the now, dealing with the things you can control.

Recharging Your Batteries: The Benefits of "Unplugging"

There is certainly benefit to being current on events involving the people you consider family—your brothers and sisters across the country with whom you share a special bond—as well as the world at large. However, it's also important—and extremely beneficial—to spend some time completely disconnected from the job. This is a lesson I recently re-learned.

Speaking on the Unspeakable: Ending the Pandemic of Police Officer Suicide

I've talked with officers who have lost a colleague to suicide—as well as many widows of officers who died by suicide—and just about everyone has said that the warning signs were there before tragedy struck. They just didn't put the pieces together until it was too late. Let's all do a better job of helping officers in crisis.

Chicago Officer Dies by Suicide Inside Her Personally Owned Vehicle

A police officer with the Chicago Police Department died by suicide in her personally owned vehicle on Wednesday. The officer has not yet been identified.