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Am J Psychiatry. 2002 Dec;159(12):2069-71.

Suicide among New York City police officers, 1977-1996.

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Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 1300 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021, USA. pmmarzuk@mail.med.cornell.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The authors assessed the suicide rates of New York City police officers during a recent period.

METHOD:

The authors reviewed death certificates of active New York City police officers who died from 1977 through 1996 (N=668); age-, gender-, and race-specific suicide rates among New York City police officers and the city's residents were determined.

RESULTS:

The police suicide rate was 14.9 per 100,000 person-years, compared with a demographically adjusted suicide rate of New York City residents of 18.3 per 100,000 person-years. Suicide rates among male police officers were comparable to their reference population. Female police officers had a higher risk of suicide than female residents of New York, but the number of suicides of female police officers was small.

CONCLUSIONS:

The rate of suicide among New York City police officers is equal to, or even lower than, the suicide rate of the city's resident population.

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PMID:
12450958
DOI:
10.1176/appi.ajp.159.12.2069
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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