Sending Office: Honorable Mike Quigley
Cosponsor H.R. 3735, the Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act
Legislation to establish a government data collection program to track attempted suicides and suicides within law enforcement at the local, state, and federal level
Sponsored by: Rep. Quigley (D-IL), Rep. Dean (D-PA), Rep. Steube (R-FL)
Endorsements: Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA), American
Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Sergeants Benevolent Association NYPD, National Narcotic Officers’ Associations Coalition (NNOAC), American Psychiatric Association (APA), National Sheriffs Association (NSA), Blue H.E.L.P.
Cosponsors: Rep. Fitzpatrick, Rep. Brindisi, Rep. Holmes Norton, Rep. Spanberger, Rep. Harder, Rep. Hill, Rep. Stefanik
Currently, there is no comprehensive government effort to track attempted suicides and suicides in law enforcement like there is about line-of-duty deaths through the FBI’s LEOKA (Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted) program.
In fact, there are only a few small nonprofits that provide estimates on the number of suicides within law enforcement each year, which have consistently exceeded line-of-duty deaths. Furthermore, one of the nonprofits that collects this information is no
longer making their data available to the public.
This government data collection program would serve as the principal tool that compiles data on law enforcement suicides and attempted suicides within law enforcement across the country. By providing accurate and detailed information on these suicides and
attempted suicides, we could implement more effective prevention and postvention programs to save more lives. Recently, two
New York police officers committed suicide, increasing the number of suicides in law enforcement this year. We need to address this important issue now more than ever.
The Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act:
- Requires the FBI Director to establish the Law Enforcement Officers Suicide Data Collection Program to collect data on law enforcement and former law enforcement suicides at the local, state, and federal level. Participating law enforcement agencies will
report information on suicides within their law enforcement agency to the FBI Director, including:
- Circumstances and events that occurred before each suicide and attempted suicide.
- Location of each suicide or attempted suicide.
- Demographic information of each law enforcement officer who commits or attempts suicide.
- Method used in each suicide or attempted suicide.
- Directs the FBI Director to submit a report to Congress and publish the report on the FBI website annually on the data regarding suicides and attempted suicides in law enforcement.
For more information or to become a cosponsor, please contact Hannah Mansbach in Rep. Quigley’s office at (202) 225-4061 or Hannah.Mansbach@mail.house.gov, Colin Milon in
Rep. Dean’s office at (202) 225-4731 or Colin.Milon@mail.house.gov , or Reginald Darby in Rep. Steube’s office at (202) 225-5792 or Reginald.Darby@mail.house.gov.
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