• Changing police culture: raising awareness of the importance of mental health

      Dombroski, Mary; Daku, Mike; Duke, J. Robert; May, Jeff; Boldt, Frank (2017-08)
      The suicide rate involving police officers has produced alarming statistics for decades. Until recently, however, little has been done to prevent suicide in law enforcement and even fewer efforts have been made to change the root of the problem. This paper reviews why a law enforcement officer may choose to take their life, looks at preexisting programs and resources that departments can choose to embrace, and supplies departments with a new approach to destigmatizing suicide within the police culture starting at the academy level.