2016 Law Enforcement Suicide Statistics
138 United States Law Enforcement Officers Died by Suicide in 2016
In 2016, Blue H.E.L.P. began a 5 consecutive year data collection endeavor. As corrections are included in the LODD numbers, we believe they should be included in the suicide numbers so that if a comparison is made, we are comparing like data. The data was primarily collected through our online submission form. In January 2016 we searched the internet to find any deaths that had not been submitted through the forms and we contacted 1,500 police departments around the country via e-mail to request information.
We also believe that there are more suicides that have not been reported and plan to continue to collect data indefinitely.
The data we compiled is as follows:
We also asked if the officers sought help prior to their deaths, 31% did, 24% did not. We have yet to find out if the remaining 45% sought help. The question was left unanswered or noted as “unknown” on the submission form.
We look forward to providing you with more data and continuing to collect this information. Please record any information you may have on our website to ensure we have not missed any deaths.