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Rise in Officer Suicides Leaves Police Union With 'Great Anger'

This year, rate has reached 1 every 4 days in France
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2019 6:13 PM CDT
Police officers make an arrest in northern France last month.   (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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(Newser) – Two more police officers died in France over the weekend in what are thought to be suicides. That would mean that officers are killing themselves this year at the rate of one every four days, France24 reports. No immediate, direct cause for the increase has been identified; law enforcement suicides have averaged 44 per year for the past decade. While acknowledging that many factors can lead to suicide, the police union responded "with great anger," saying, "There is undeniably a real strain on police who are confronted daily by social deprivation, hierarchical stress and successive operations without the possibility for regular rest."

A report last year found the suicide rate among officers to be 36% higher than that for the rest of the population, per France24, and a government initiative to reduce suicides was launched last May. It's had little effect. "The concrete actions taken are not bold enough to stem the scourge of suicides," the union said. (Chicago also deals with police suicides.)

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