For the purpose of the Blue H.E.L.P.,
“Law enforcement officer” means any person who is elected, appointed, or employed full time or part time by any municipality, county, state, federal or any political subdivision thereof; who is vested with authority to bear arms and make arrests; and whose primary responsibility is the prevention and detection of crime or the enforcement of the penal, criminal, traffic, or highway laws of the state.
“Correctional officer” means any person who is appointed or employed full time or part time by the state or any municipality, county, state, federal or any political subdivision thereof, or by any private entity which has contracted with the state or county, and whose primary responsibility is the supervision, protection, care, custody, and control, or investigation, of inmates within a correctional institution.
“Employing agency” means any agency or unit of government or any municipality, county, state, federal or any political subdivision thereof, or any agent thereof, which has constitutional or statutory authority to employ or appoint persons as officers. The term also includes any private entity which has contracted with the state or county for the operation and maintenance of a non-juvenile detention facility.
The term “suicide” refers to a law enforcement officer who has died by their own hand.
An officer shall be included if a department or family states that the officer died as a result of a suicide and there is no information to believe otherwise. An officer must have at least one year of post-academy service, or a significant job-related event, to quality. Retired officers are also eligible if their death can be attributed to their career.
Extenuating circumstances may be reviewed by the Blue H.E.L.P. for inclusion on a case-by-case basis.
Blue H.E.L.P. shall exhaust all possible means available to verify an officer’s eligibility status.
Once an officer is submitted via the online submission form, a member of the Blue H.E.L.P. staff will begin the verification process.
While ALL suicides are counted and should be reported, not all will have their names and faces on the Blue H.E.L.P. page because:
- The families have not given permission/ are not ready;
- They were investigation or indictment for a significant criminal offense;
- It was a murder/suicide;
- Blue H.E.L.P. has not been made aware of the death.
If an officer is cleared of an investigation post-mortem, their name and face may be displayed on the Blue H.E.L.P. site.
All information is held in the strictest of confidence unless the family gives written consent to use their name and likeness.