Police union boss calls for forces to be investigated after hundreds of officers take their own lives

Police union boss calls for forces to be investigated after hundreds of officers take their own lives

  •  A complete of 344 law enforcement officials dedicated suicide between 2001 and 2020

The top of a police union is demanding motion over the variety of officers who’ve taken their very own lives in recent times.

‘Huge strain’ from trauma after assaults, calls for from the job and misery from lengthy misconduct investigations have led to a lower in officers’ psychological well being, a senior official mentioned.

A complete of 344 officers dedicated suicide between 2001 and 2020, with 181 ranked sergeant and beneath died between 2011 and 2021, The Mirror reviews.

Amongst those that died are Norfolk PC Martin Scott, 35, who killed himself in July whereas beneath investigation for alleged misconduct.

Andy Symonds, of Norfolk Police Federation, mentioned: ‘Usually [suicide] is linked to the stress of the job… It’s ruining lives’

'Enormous pressure' from trauma after attacks, demands from the job and distress from long misconduct investigations have led to a decrease in officers' mental health, a senior official said

‘Huge strain’ from trauma after assaults, calls for from the job and misery from lengthy misconduct investigations have led to a lower in officers’ psychological well being, a senior official mentioned

Elsewhere, Bedfordshire Polie Sgt Sean Duignan, 44, shot himself in 2021, whereas South Yorks PC Billy Sampson, 27, took his personal life in 2020 whereas awaiting trial for assault.

An additional case reportedly befell in March when West Yorkshire PC pupil officer Anugrah Abraham, 22, dedicated suicide whereas beneath ‘stress’ and ‘strain’ in line with his household.

Andy Symonds, of Norfolk Police Federation, mentioned: ‘Usually [suicide] is linked to the stress of the job… It’s ruining lives.’ 

Norfolk Police has taken its instances to the IOPC and states that it’s reviewing inside processes.

The HSE mentioned: ‘Suicide shouldn’t be reportable to us beneath present rules. A coroner can refer a case in the event that they think about there’s an ongoing danger to others.’ 

*If it’s essential to communicate to somebody, you’ll be able to name the Samaritans totally free on 116 123 or go to samaritans.org* 

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