Mayor proclaims National Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention Day

Published: Sep. 26, 2020 at 9:20 AM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -In the law enforcement community, there has been a blanket of silence on the topic of suicide.

“If we look back over all of our careers, there is that one dirty little secret we all keep quiet in the back our agencies and professions. Police officers and law enforcement officers die at the own hand than the hand of criminals or suspects,” said North Platte Police Chief Daniel Hudson addressing his colleagues.

On Friday, Mayor Dwight Livingston with the joint efforts of North Platte Suicide Prevention Coalition proclaimed Sept. 26 to be National Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention day.

The proclamation outlines the extensive labor and dedication in which law enforcement officials throughout the nation endure in their communities. This decree is a lifeline of support for law enforcement agencies and individuals to seek and receive help, support, understanding, recognition and remembrance on the topic of suicide in their profession.

Mayor Livingston began the proclamation with a statement of gratitude to the law enforcement officials by stating, “It is always a pleasure to recognition our law enforcement community because they are such a valuable asset to North Platte and our surroundings areas.” He went on to say, “I thank you for what you do. You have heard that from me and I don’t think you hear that enough, quite honestly. I think you need to hear it everyday how important you are.”

The goal of the National Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention Day is to increase the awareness and amount of resources around the subject so that the law enforcement community may benefit from the avenues of support available to them.

“It doesn’t matter if you are a trooper or a sheriff. Pick up the phone and call a friend. There are a lot of people who are out there to help you. We can get through all this stuff together,” said Chief Hudson. He finished his statement by stating, “We don’t have to always be Superman or Wonder Woman. We are human.”

Each law enforcement agency received baskets which contained resources and contact information of programs and organizations such as CopLine, which is a peer-to-peer support group ran by retired law enforcement officials.

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