Standing by Uniformed Officers: Why local governments should consider a retired officer policy

Source: Ronald Thrasher, PM Magazine, Vol. 95 no. 5, June 2013
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Cops and firefighters die. Of more interest may be how and why they lose their lives. Less is known about firefighters, but research indicates that police officers are between three to five times more likely to die by suicide than to be killed in the line of duty. Research further indicates that a vulnerable time for our officers to die by suicide appears to be shortly following retirement. This article explores possible causes of uniformed personnel suicide and the cultural similarities shared by uniformed employees. It presents little-to-no-cost policies that provide a lifeboat for retiring uniformed personnel and also outlines additional no-cost local services that these individuals may provide following retirement…