How The Law Enforcement Culture Shapes The Behavior Of Officers And Their Views Toward Suicide

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Introduction
Statement of the Problem Various research shows that the suicide rate of law enforcement officers is increasing at a high rate, and that officers are more likely to commit suicide than members of the general public. Researchers have examined possible causes and risk factors that lead to this discrepancy. Although mental health resources are available, many officers choose not to utilize them and take their own lives.
Purpose
The purpose of this study is to further examine how the law enforcement culture shapes the behavior of officers and their views toward suicide, and how elements of the culture agitate suicide risk factors. If a relationship between police subculture and suicide can be established, the relationship can be further studied to develop treatment and other resources that could reduce suicide rates.
Significance
Existing research is limited by scope and geography. Differences of size, location, function, and population makeup of various law enforcement agencies make it difficult to achieve generalized results among a few studies. The current research seeks to expand on ideas in existing research and test these ideas in various settings. Through continuous research, the goal is to understand why suicide rates among law enforcement are rising, and what can be done to reverse the trend.
Literature Review
The literature examines the development of police culture and its subcultures, how they shape law enforcement views and behaviors, and the links

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