2016 Preliminary Law Enforcement Suicide Statistics
100 United States Law Enforcement Officers Completed Suicide in 2016
In 2016, 1st Alliance began a 5 consecutive year data collection endeavor. Our initial plan was to simply collect law enforcement suicide but we expanded to incliude corrections and dispatch. The Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance has been collecting the fire and EMS data for more than 5 years and we rely on them for those numbers.
While the data below does not include corrections officers, we will include them in the final “law enforcement” number. As corrections are included in the LODD numbers, we believe they should be included in the suicide numbers so that if a comparison is made, we are comparing like data. The data was primarily collected through our online submission form. In January 2016 we searched the internet to find any deaths that had not been submitted through the forms and we contacted 1,500 police departments around the country via e-mail to request information. The process and findings will be published in April.
We also believe that there are more suicides that have not been reported and plan to continue to collect data indefinitely.
The data we compiled as of January 1 is as follows:
Please note that since January 1, we have learned of 6 new suicides in 2016 bringing the total to 106
We also asked if the officers sought help prior to their deaths, 31% did, 24% did not. We have yet to find out if the remaining 45% sought help. The question was left unanswered or noted as “unknown” on the submission form.
We look forward to providing you with the final data in April and continuing to collect this information. Please record any information you may have on our website to ensure we have not missed any deaths.