While suicide among police
is a problem in many countries, France's rate appears exceptionally high.
The National Alliance on Mental Health says that at least one in four police officers has suicidal thoughts at some point in their life, and that the rate of suicide among police
officers is four times that of firefighters."Compared to the general population, law enforcement reports much higher rates of depression, PTSD, burnout, and other anxiety-related mental health conditions," the alliance says.
In addition, as Violanti emphasized when talking about suicide among police
detectives, the "blue line" of law enforcement culture can be difficult to traverse when getting individuals to admit vulnerability, seek out assistance and alter current practices and culture.
After introducing suicide and its various factors in general, he examines the relationship between homicide and suicide, classic and current studies about suicide among police
, and investigations of homicide-suicide.
A recent study found a 10-fold risk of suicide among police retirees.(18)
The destructive effects on survivors underscore the need to prevent suicide among police personnel.
Heiman, "Suicide Among Police," American Journal of Psychiatry, 134, 1977, 1286-1290.
Friedman, "Suicide Among Police: A Study of 93 Suicides Among New York City Policemen 1934-40," in Essays of Self Destruction, E.S.
Cases of suicide among police
officers over domestic squabbles have been on the rise since 2017.Following the cases, the National Police Service (NPS), in October 2018, established a counselling department and is also in the process of taking the service to regions.
figure By CHARLES WANYORObr Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet has urged officers to seek counselling to cope with various psychological problems.Mr Boinnet said he is concerned about cases of suicide among police