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“Cumulative Trauma” My Story

“Cumulative Trauma” My Story

When began my law enforcement career in 1994,  I had no idea the toll daily exposure to traumatic events would cause.  At that time, mental health was never talked about nor was it mentioned in the police academy; the attitude was to “suck it up”. The first...

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...

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...

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...