Dr. Leo Polizoti (right) and Dr. Michael Sefton (second right) were invited to Chicago to discuss the impact of police suicide on officers and family. Our work with Dr. Thomas Joiner brought to light some of the important factors that contribute to LEO death by suicide. A return consultation was interrupted by the pandemic in 2020. The event was hosted by Dr. Daniel Holler of Daninger Solutions of Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The multiple deaths by suicide have renewed attention on another troubling and often hidden issue: Police officers die by their own hands at rates greater than people in other occupations, according to a report compiled by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in 2019, after at least nine New York City police officers died by suicide that year. I was involved in the April 2019 presentation at 1 Police Plaza on the impact of LEO suicide as it related to the high incidence of police officer death by suicide according to Sefton in 2022.