DOJ announces plan to track police officer suicides

The US Department of Justice will keep track of law enforcement suicides, and will offer grants to police departments law enforcement agencies to improve police mental health services, reports Policemag.com.

A new bipartisan bill would add $5 million to the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act for this purpose.

A non-profit called Blue H.E.L.P. (Honor, Educate, Lead, Prevent) has tracked police suicide data since 2016. They counted 228 police officer suicides were reported in 2019, a large increase over previous years. Blue H.E.L.P. has counted two police suicides so far in 2020.

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