For Immediate Release
June 5, 2014
CONTACT: Dean Kueter
COPS Office Releases Two New Publications on Law Enforcement Suicide and Building Relationships of Trust
Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has recently made two publications available to the law enforcement field, adding to the extensive library of community policing publications and CDs it already offers completely free of charge. All the resources were developed through cooperative agreements awarded under the Community Policing Development Program.
The latest releases include:
- IACP National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental Health: Breaking the Silence on Law Enforcement Suicides: This report provides a roadmap for police departments seeking to include officer mental wellness as a core element of officer safety and well-being and to mitigate the threat of officer death by suicide. The strategies outlined in the report were developed at a National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental Health convened by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, in partnership with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), and are designed to prevent destructive effects of emotional trauma, mental illness, and officer deaths by suicide on a police community; to successfully intervene when officers confront mental health crises, mental illness, or suicidal behavior; and, to provide effective event response protocols when an officer dies by suicide in an agency.
- Building Relationships of Trust Toolkit: The Toolkit includes six components that provide detailed information police officers and community members should consider when trying to build trusting relationships. Its feature publication, Moving to Implementation, focuses on bringing communities into the public safety and policing process at the local level. The Recommended Steps for Chief Executives lists actions executives can take to ensure the process of developing relationships of trust continues. In addition, the toolkit includes a video overview (forthcoming), a list of commonly used terms, a community perception survey, and in-service curriculum training modules.
All COPS Office resources can be downloaded from the COPS Resource Center, and many can be ordered at no cost either through the Resource Center or by contacting the U.S. Department of Justice Response Center at 800.421.6770.