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Is It Your Time to Shine?

Is It Your Time to Shine?

Dear Health Care Worker, Today I read that it's “Your time to shine” and it didn’t feel right. My first reaction is that you are not shining, you are frustrated, tired, angry, scared, feeling guilty and a plethora of other things; shiny wasn’t the first thing that...

Simply the Best…Until She Wasn’t

Simply the Best…Until She Wasn’t

She was the first professional of her family. Drugs and alcohol were something that affected her life from birth. Despite the family life she grew up in, Erika said, “not me.” She started off in the Police Explorers and a declaration of her future employment at the...

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David’s Ribbon

David’s Ribbon

Grieving families often look for ways to prevent future suicides, assist where needed and find some way to fill the void in their lives. Whether it’s through advocacy, photography, writing or other means, they are fighting against suicide daily. We have been gifted a...

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100 Officers Gone

100 Officers Gone

We’ve lost one hundred officers to suicide this year. It’s June 25. Are we sensationalizing it? No, just telling you what we know; raising awareness and making people pay attention. Why? If not us, then who? Since January 1, 2016 we began collecting the data and the...

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Who Will Shepherd the SheepDog When Suicide is the Wolf?

A few months ago, I was asked to speak at the NYPD/PERF Suicide Prevention Symposium. Tables were arranged in a U shape facing the front of the stage. The bottom of the “U” was the only forward-facing table, a front row seat to the discussion; an opportunity to...

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Surviving a Traumatic On-The-Job Experience

Surviving a Traumatic On-The-Job Experience

Having interviewed hundreds of law enforcement officers and their families, I noticed a common theme. Although not all of the interviews were geared toward critical incidents, eventually all discussions ended there. If the officers weren’t personally involved in a...

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167 AMERICAN POLICE OFFICERS DIED BY SUICIDE IN 2018

UPDATED JUNE 15, 2019 - as new deaths are reported, our numbers are updated For the third straight year, police officer suicides exceed all combined causes of line-of-duty deaths. In 2018, at least 167 officers died by suicide, more than the total number of...

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