Law Enforcement Deaths by Suicide

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Published by the Center for Naval Analyses’ (CNA) Center for Justice Research and Innovation, this report includes data collected by First H.E.L.P. on law enforcement and correctional officer deaths by suicide. First H.E.L.P.’s efforts represent a notable stride toward comprehensively collecting reliable and valid data on the challenging issue of law enforcement deaths by suicide, marking one of the most extensive efforts undertaken in this area. This research brief presents analyses of the 1,287 deaths by suicide of law enforcement and correctional officers from 2016 to 2022, offering descriptive information categorized by year of occurrence, agency details, geographic location, demographic attributes, position specifics, help-seeking behaviors, life challenges that persons encountered before their deaths, and details about the death events.

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