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Behav Sci Law. 1999;17(3):357-76.

Suicide and violence risk in law enforcement: practical guidelines for risk assessment, prevention, and intervention.

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Los Angeles Police Department, 977 North Broadway, Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA.


Research and anecdotal reports indicate that suicide and violence risk may be higher among members of law enforcement than those in other occupational categories. This article examines the phenomenon of suicide and violence risk within this population, and law enforcement cultural variables that may contribute to elevated risk. Suicide and violence risk factors and clues unique to law enforcement are described, as are intervention approaches which may be helpful to managing and reducing risk.

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