The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources.

In a podcast offered by the COPS Office as part of its monthly podcast series, The Beat, Dr. John Violanti, a research professor at the University of Buffalo and retired New York State police trooper, discusses his research on police health, police stress, and suicide, as well as the need for departments to support officer mental health and wellness. In 2017, more officers committed suicide than were killed in the line of duty.

One of Dr. Violanti’s current research efforts is examining the suicide rate of police officers versus the general population as a way to determine whether and how departments can utilize the data to improve mental health services for officers.