Thursday, October 16, 2014

Suicide Prevention

Officers and retired officers are often a risk for suicide.  Officers have jobs that are dangerous and stressful.  Stress can come from just the potential for a problem, even if nothing actually happens.  Sometimes stress just comes from the job, supervisors who are jerks, administration that fails to back their officers and elected officials who won't give decent raises can all contribute to stress.

Officers can usually be prevented from suicide if we simply try to watch our partners and know the signs.  People seldom talk about killing themselves unless they mean it.  Officers have guns, so it's easy to shoot themselves. 

Officers sometimes have mood swings or talk about taking revenge or making people "pay."  Officers who feel helpless or use excessive alcohol.  If we have officers in these situations, we need to try and
prevent their suicide.  Normally we would do anything to protect each other from criminals, we need to learn to protect our partners from themselves; that's what the SGT Says.

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