Suicides "never happen" as a result of police work. At least, that's what many chiefs of police say.
In the United States, 140 - 150 police officers kill themselves each year--but never because of the job--say these chiefs. Instead, they blame the officer for some personal defect or, if all else fails, they blame the spouse.
Over the past three years, there were almost 450 police suicides (150 each year). Not a single one was attributed to the stress and trauma of the job, yet we are seeing more and more cases in which officers have been traumatized during their heroic deed and then fallen victim to PTSD and suicide.