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NCJ Number: 169189 Find in a Library
Title: Suicide in the RCMP: 1984 to 1995
Author(s): L Andrews
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 44
Sponsoring Agency: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R2, Canada
Sale Source: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R2,
Canada
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) suicide rates between January 1984 and December 1995 were determined through an examination of insurance records and psychological autopsies completed on suicide victims.
Abstract: During these years, RCMP suicide rates were 16.02 per 100,000 compared to 26.63 per 100,000 for the general population. The recent RCMP suicide rate is similar to the 1960-1983 RCMP suicide rate of 14.1 per 100,000 (Menton, 1984). Complete information on stressors and factors related to the suicidal act were impossible to obtain; however, some stressors and factors related to the suicides were alcohol abuse, depression, marital problems, financial difficulties, legal problems unrelated to work, illness, and a family member committing suicide. Work-related stress was sometimes involved in the suicide, but was generally no different from the stress experienced by members who did not commit suicide. A small but significant number (25.9 percent) of suicides had engaged in or were accused of engaging in unethical or illegal acts. Some suggestions for suicide prevention are offered. 7 tables and 47 references
Main Term(s): Police statistics
Index Term(s): Foreign police; Police occupational stress; Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Suicide
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