Each year between 140-160 Police Officers in the United States are killed on duty; primarily from auto accidents, assaults and gunfire.

And each year almost twice that number of Police Officers lose their life to suicide.

Suicide is the number one killer of Law Enforcement Officers in the United States.

The Facts

As reported in Badge of Life A Study of Police Suicide from 2008 to 2012:

2008 police suicides: 141

2009 police suicides: 143

2012 police suicides: 126

2012 Average age: 42 years

Average years on the job: 16

Gender: 91 percent male

63 percent of suicide victims were single

Each suicide victim leaves behind 6 immediate survivors

 C.O.P.S.S. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide CARE and SUPPORT for Law Enforcement Suicide Survivors and Suicide Prevention Training for Law Enforcement.

Care of Police Suicide Survivors is not a suicide hotline or crisis center.  If you or someone you know is thinking or talking about suicide, please contact the National Suicide Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  The Lifeline number is Confidential, free and available 24/7.  Their link is www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org which also has a chatline from 2:00 pm to 2:00 am.