Monday, May 13, 2019
TKC MUST READ!!! KCPD SUICIDE AFTERMATH ELICITS FIGHT FOR MORE PUBLIC SAFETY MENTAL HEALTHCARE!!!
A recent suicide among their ranks as the KCPD doing a bit of soul searching.
Accordingly, here's a glimpse at a solution and work toward providing more resources for public safety despite a busted KCMO budget.
Moreover, this report should inform locals of the very real and confirmed risk that there are a few officials sanctioned by the state with the authority to kill who might be suffering from mental illness.
The reality is that rising trends in mass shootings, suicides and substance abuse indicate a growing need for mental healthcare throughout the U.S. despite recent cutbacks for any "socialized" medical services. Despite training and a great deal of trust/pressure even the most staunch supporters of law enforcement acknowledge that police are only human like the rest of us.
Here's the official word . . .
KCPD Chief: Resources are needed to address police mental health
The main argument . . .
The Kansas City Missouri Police detective who took his own life in February was the fourth member of our Department to do so in as many years. His suicide was the first we discussed publicly because, as a Department, we decided it was time that we face this issue head-on.
We must stop treating police suicides like isolated incidents. More officers died by suicide in 2018 than in the line of duty. The rate of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression for police and firefighters is five times higher than the general population, according to research from the Ruderman Family Foundation. Yet only 10 percent of police departments have a suicide prevention program, according to PoliceOne.com.
I’d like to think we are a little ahead of the game at KCPD. We have an Employee Wellness Unit and are working toward implementing a peer support program. But more is needed. We need a dedicated mental health professional on staff. We need a psychiatrist who understands what first responders face, has expertise in treating them and can devote all of his or her professional time to the mental health care of Kansas City Missouri Police Department members. We work with medical doctors when our officers are physically hurt in the line of duty and arrange for their treatment. Treatment for mental illnesses that are duty-related deserves just as much priority. Officers cannot properly provide for the safety of our city if they are injured physically or mentally.
Read his post in its entirety.
You decide . . .