WASHINGTON - East Brunswick Police Chief Frank LoSacco will attend a nationwide ZOOM conference of Police Chiefs who will discuss the mental and emotional stress on police officers. Sadly, some of this stress leads to officers committing suicide. The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum will host Preventing Death by Suicide: a Chief-to-Chief Leadership Wellness Discussion on Wednesday, October 14.
Suicide prevention is a major concern in law enforcement. This virtual panel discussion will explore programs and share other avenues that address suicide prevention by engaging law enforcement leadership in their strategies and best practices.
"In recent times, the police profession has suffered from a large increase in police suicides. Currently, a police officer is more likely to take their own life than to be fatally injured in the line of duty. This tragic fact has a lot to do with the unique combination of personal stress on police officers and the horrors and tragedies that we face and witness each day.
It's never been more important for our police peers, supervisors, and leaders to identify signs and symptoms of officer distress. I am looking forward to attending the October 14th Zoom conversation being hosted by the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum. I hope to connect with Chiefs throughout the United States and continue to do whatever we can to keep our police physically and mentally fit.
I am so proud of what our officers do and the dedication they show to our community every day. The leaders of our agency are committed to keep everyone safe and healthy, " said LoSacco.
"As first responders, our nation's law enforcement officers face an enormous amount of mental stress," said National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund CEO Marcia Ferranto. "The number of suicides in law enforcement is troubling. We are pleased to be able to bring a frank discussion to law enforcement leaders on this issue, and to help keep the men and women who serve both physically and mentally fit."
Law enforcement chiefs from across North America will share their leadership journeys into enhancing officer wellness programs across an array of day-to-day professional services and response to critical incidents involving officer involved shootings, officer suicides, and other mental health events. The discussion will also include the impact of increasing morale and building acceptance for the concepts of creating a police family environment for all employees, volunteers, and retired personnel by demonstrating care and accepting that “it is okay not to be okay.”
The panel will equip peer chiefs with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to develop a true leadership culture that is compassionate and empathetic on all mental health issues. Together we can reduce death by suicide in the law enforcement profession.
Moderated by Colonel Edwin Roessler, Fairfax County (VA) Chief of Police, Preventing Death by Suicide: a Chief-to-Chief Leadership Wellness Discussion will also provide an understanding of how a chief’s personal wellness leads to effective program sustainability and mental wellness stigma reduction.
*The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum was established in 1984. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial contains the names of 22,217 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history.
For more information about the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, visit LawMemorial.org. Authorized by Congress in 2000, the 57,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building tells the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience along with educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs. For more information on the Law Enforcement Museum, visit LawEnforcementMuseum.org.