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High Cop Suicide Rates

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Thirty-nine year old police officer Matthew Wallace from Ewing, New Jersey took matters into his own hands by taking his own life early Tuesday morning.

Wallace was a 14-year law enforcement veteran who committed suicide. Wallace is outlived by his family.

A spokesperson for the Mercy County Prosecutor’s office spoke very highly of Wallace. They said he was “A caring, dedicated, well liked, well respected member of the force, who could handle any tasks. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family today.”

As tragic as this is, cops taking their own lives has been an epidemic. Experts say that the suicide of officers comes down to a slew of stressful factors as well as posttraumatic stress disorder.

According to Cherie Castellano, who is the founder of “Cops 2 Cops” which is a confidential hotline for N.J. Law Enforcement and their families, says that many just don’t know where to turn.

Castellano says, “There is this stigma that if you reach out for certain kinds of help, it might impact your career; you might end up getting your gun taken way or you get on a duty that sort of outs your personal problems.”

She says that many cops also tend to hide their vulnerable side such as depression or stress because they fear that it could lead to the questioning of their actions, questioning of their decision making or even being questioned by their own partners that they work with.

In 2008, a study showed that nationally, 141 cops took their own lives. Although the number of officer’s committing suicide in 2012 decreased down to 126, the fact remains that the number is still too high.

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