New Jersey Launches Nation’s First State Program to Prevent Police Officer Suicide

PhillyVoice

By Michael Tanenbaum

A new statewide program launched in New Jersey will be the first of its kind in the United States aimed at suicide prevention among police officers. The New Jersey Resilience Program for Law Enforcement, announced Tuesday by Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, comes in response to a white paper that found officers and firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. Last year, for example, at least 167 officers nationally died by suicide, more than the total number of line-of-duty deaths, the white paper found.

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