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Suicide by Cop: Protocols and Training Guide (Webinar)

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The Police Executive Research Forum created this Protocol and Training Guide as a tool for police officers to recognize and respond safely to incidents in which a person decides to attempt to die at the hands of a police officer.

These encounters are called "Suicide by Cop" incidents.

The Training Guide was developed by PERF staff members working with police and sheriff's officials, including experienced use-of-force trainers, specialized SWAT/ Emergency Service Unit personnel, and a psychologist with more than 40 years of experience working with police departments.

Suicide by Cop incidents have been a concern in the policing profession for years.

Many incidents can be resolved without using lethal force against the suicidal person, and without endangering officers or the public.

This Protocol and Training Guide is designed to bring the key elements of this training to all officers in departments of any size.

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Date Created: February 3, 2021