Police suicides: Why we don’t talk about them, and how to help

More police officers die by suicide than in the line of duty, research shows. Photo by Shutterstock.

The suicide deaths of four police officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on January 6 has put a spotlight on a long-standing problem of police suicide. Research shows that more police officers die by suicide than in the line of duty, and the rate is going up. 

More: Washington Post: Opinion: Suicide is not just a problem for officers who defended the Capitol. It’s a crisis for all police.

Credits

Guests:

  • Robert E. Douglas - founder of National Police Suicide Foundation
  • Heidi Kar - principal advisor at The Education Development Center