In this article, I want to target two issues overlooked by the public. These two issues aren’t overlooked because of it’s anything else but the fact that news media scarcely covers these events. With the culture of policing having to always be tough and hard, we should not be surprised that people with good intentions and possibility a good heart come across personals crises which are protected from the masses in fear of looking soft or incapable.

Taking A Look At Police Suicide

It is noted that police suicides may be misclassified routinely as either accidents or undetermined deaths. Because police officers traditionally subscribe to a myth of indestructibility, they view suicide as particularly disgraceful to the victim officer and to the profession. In many states, you can count over 70% of police suicide misclassified as an accidental or natural death. Suicides have been found to be more common among older officers and are related to alcoholism, physical illness, or impending retirement. Other clues have been cited to help explain the high rate of self-inflicted death among police officers: The regular availability of firearms; continuous duty exposure to death and injury; social strain resulting from shift work; inconsistencies within the criminal justice system; and the perception among police officers that they labor under a negative public image.

Studies showed that police suicide didn’t discriminate from what many would consider a “successful life”, young, educated, and married… Many of these lifestyles revealed themselves among officers who’ve unfortunately taken their lives. Alcohol abuse was fairly common among samples, as was a formal diagnosis of psychosis. However, marital difficulties appeared to be the most prevalent problem among these victims. As “unyielding” as you may believe police officers can be, still, among these law enforcers are psychiatric and/or medical problems, and alcohol problems. When Professor Violanti of the Criminal Justice Department of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, and a member of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of New York at Buffalo spoke on this matter, he also mentioned this: samples have “experienced difficulties at work, and in every case, a notable drop in work performance had been observed in the 6 months prior to the suicide.”

The high stress of police work generally is cited as a primary contributing factor. The constant barrage of stressors inherent with danger, and for police managers, the pressures of administration, can overwhelm even the strongest person. When officers lose the ability to cope in normal ways, they may turn to an ultimate solution to relieve the pressures of stress.

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