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The policeman who died from stress

The following is an article printed in the New Idea magazine in 1989. The article is as relevant today as it was then, showing the struggles and sacrifices of police officers and their spouses and the terrible toll of the job. It shows that little has changed in the past 30 years when it comes to mental health in policing. The article was published after the suicide of NSW Police Force Sergeant Roy Arthur Allan. Sergeant Roy Allan died in July of 1987 after ingesting hydrochloric acid.

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Three Supplemental Treatments for Recovery from a Suicide Attempt

Guest writer Steve Johnson discusses three approaches to aid in recovery from a suicide attempt and help improve mental wellness.

Recovery from a suicide attempt is a process that requires many facets of treatment. You could try holistic healing such as that which can be found at alternativetomeds.com. Of course, most important is a good counselor and possibly a support group. No treatment plan can replace the value of a well-trained counselor. Continue reading Three Supplemental Treatments for Recovery from a Suicide Attempt

Coronial Inquest: Policewoman Suffering From PTSD Killed Herself After Affair With Senior Officer

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A New South Wales policewoman took her own life after having an affair with a senior officer, an inquest has heard.

The married mother of two, who can only be known as Officer A, took her life on July 3, 2013.

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Managers and Police Cracking Down on Schoolies’ Selfies Craze

The new craze of “rooftopping” and taking outrageous selfies on highrise balconies will be the biggest safety fears at this year’s Schoolies, with building managers and police to crack down on dangerous stunts. Continue reading Managers and Police Cracking Down on Schoolies’ Selfies Craze

Police Suicide: An International Crisis


Police suicides are occurring at alarming rates. This crisis is an international problem within the law enforcement community.

National police suicide statistics can be murky because few departments report them, but the nonprofit Badge of Life counted 126 officer suicides in 2012. In July of 2014, Brian Nordli reported that Bob Douglas, founder of the National Police Suicide Foundation believes that the number is even higher and stated that two officers commit suicide for each officer who is killed in the line of duty by a criminal.

Comparing police suicide suicides for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 and comparing them to police officer line of duty deaths for the same period the magnitude of the crisis becomes clear. Police suicide is the number one cause of death of among law enforcement officers. Badge of Life recorded 126 suicides in 2012, while the Officer Down Memorial Page recorded 133 Line of Duty Deaths.


Douglas estimates that only 3 percent of the country’s 18,000 police agencies have suicide prevention programs. Experts say most people contemplating suicide send signals for help.

“I really think the key is leadership,” Douglas said. “That’s the reason why we’re wanting to develop this sensitivity enhancement model.”

Sources: Las Vegas Sun and E-Roll Call Magazine.


Explosives Used By Murder-Suicide Bomber Caused the Mt Isa Caravan Explosion

Police from Brisbane and Townsville flew to Mount Isa to investigate the caravan blast. Photo: Police via ABC News
Police from Brisbane and Townsville flew to Mount Isa to investigate the caravan blast. Photo: Police via ABC News
Queensland Police say explosives, not gas cylinders, sparked a fatal Mount Isa caravan explosion that claimed the life of a father and his two young children last week.

On Friday, police confirmed the deaths are being treated as a tragic case of murder-suicide.

Police believe that the father planned the explosion in a deliberate bid to take his own life and that of his son and daughter. Forensic examinations have led investigators believe explosives were used as an ignition point for the blast rather than gas bottles located at the scene. They also believe no one else was involved in the matter.

“While the circumstances surrounding the matter remain under investigation, police are treating the deaths of the two children as suspicious and the man’s death as non-suspicious,” the statement read.

The extent of the damage caused by the fatal caravan explosion is captured by a police drone.
The extent of the damage caused by the fatal caravan explosion is captured by a police drone.

Police have previously said it could take weeks, if not months, to fully complete the investigation.

Support is available for anyone who may be distressed by phoning Lifeline 13 11 14; Mensline 1300 789 978; Kids Helpline 1800 551 800.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald.

Mountie’s Widow Sues Over Husband’s Suicide

The wife of Pierre Lemaitre, the former B.C. spokesman for the RCMP, has launched a lawsuit alleging her husband was driven to commit suicide as a result of the negligence of other RCMP officers and harassment on the job.

Sheila Lemaitre, a mother of two and a former RCMP officer herself, cites several incidents including the RCMP’s demotion of Lemaitre following the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski as contributing to his suicide in Abbotsford on July 29, 2013.

“The death of Pierre Lemaitre was a result of severe psychiatric/psychological conditions which were a direct result of his service in the RCMP and the negligence of the RCMP and members of the RCMP in the province of British Columbia,” says a notice of civil claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court.

The lawsuit says that after Dziekanski was Tasered by RCMP at Vancouver International Airport in October 2007, Lemaitre became aware that some of the information he’d released to the media was incorrect.

It says he requested permission from his superiors to correct the misinformation, but was ordered not to and then removed as media representative on the file.

A short time later, Lemaitre was demoted, assigned to desk work and then transferred to the Langley detachment, where there was no media function.

Read more in the National Post.

Source: news.nationalpost.com

Although still holding the rank of corporal in Chilliwack, he was assigned to constable duties and advised that the transfer was a punishment and that HQ had wanted to get rid of him”

Why Mental Health Awareness is So Important to Policing

Elizabeth Shiftwell from Humanizing the Badge writes:

I want to talk about a global issue.  It’s not an easy subject.  It doesn’t segregate based on sexual orientation, race, gender or occupation.  In fact, it doesn’t segregate at all.  It doesn’t prowl on the weak because they are easy targets and it doesn’t attack the strong out of jealousy or envy.  It’s around every corner; sometimes lurking in the shadows and sometimes standing in broad daylight.  What is this mysterious creature that is often so terrifying in silence?  Depression. Depression or the various forms of mental health disorders affect all of us in one way or another. (…)

If you think about the aspects of being a solider or a police officer, they are expected to have it together all the time. As a society, we don’t allow them to be human.  We don’t allow them to be flawed.  We don’t allow them to be human.   We have forced them to keep shoving more grief and more compartmentalized emotions into their own emotional suitcases until it finally busts at the seams.

Read more on the Humanizing the Badge blog. 

Source: www.humanizingthebadge.com

Elizabeth Shiftwell is an author, podcaster and speaker, writing about very important and current issues in policing in her blog: Humanizing the Badge.

Greek Police Officer Commits Suicide in Bar

Greek police officer who had recently broken up with his fiancée committed suicide in Menidi, near Athens. The young man decided to end his life because he could not overcome the separation.

The 28-year-old officer who worked for the DIAS police motorcycle unit, had gone to a bar in Menidi, with his cousin in order to take his mind off the fact that he had broken up with his fiancée.

At some point during the evening, the young man requested a specific song from the bar’s dj. The song was a zeibekiko dance, and as soon as it started the police officer took out his gun and shot himself in front of the shocked customers.

His colleagues reported that he had not taken his separation well and that his mother had a serious health problem, but they never thought that he would end up committing suicide.

The Greek police officer was rushed to Attikon Hospital in Athens, around 4am, where he eventually passed away taking his last breath in the morning.

Source: greece.greekreporter.com

Alberta Correctional Officer Suicides: Families Search for Answers After 3 Deaths

The family of a Red Deer Remand Centre guard who took his own life says he is the third corrections officer to commit suicide in Alberta in just over a year. Guarding Alberta’s convicts can be a tough, thankless job. The work can leave lasting physical and mental scars for the corrections officers who do it, and it’s leading some guards to take their own lives.

Read the full report on CBC News

Source: www.cbc.ca