17 Tips to Help Prevent Police Suicide

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Psychologist Ellen Kirschman is the author of I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know, I Love a FireFighter: What the Family Needs to Know, Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know and the Dot Meyerhoff mystery series. Sign up for her newsletter at


  • Police officers are twice as likely to kill themselves as to be killed in the line of duty.
  • To prevent someone from killing themselves, don’t mince words.
  • Two crucial ways to intervene with a suicidal officer are to separate them from their weapons and to buy time.
  • If you are dealing with a suicidal officer, protect yourself physically and emotionally

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Kirschman, E. (2022, September 9). 17 tips to help prevent police suicide. Ellen Kirschman. Retrieved March 23, 2023, from