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Suicide Training for Law Enforcement/Police - Intervention and Postvention


Law Enforcement are often first on the scene when someone is suicidal.  They play a key role in identifying and responding to individuals at risk for suicide and connecting them with help. Knowing how to respond to suicide can save lives and reduce liability exposure within a department.

A unique community-based intervention, Connect increases the competence of law enforcement officers in responding to suicide incidents.  Included is a review best practice procedures specific to law enforcement, interactive case scenarios and discussion on how to integrate key community services for an effective and comprehensive response.  For more information, click here.



As first responders to the scene of a suicide death, law enforcement has an essential role in  scene management, investigation, interface with medical examiner/coroner and notification of next of kin. Since knowing someone who has died by suicide is one of the highest risk factors for suicide, taking steps to reduce risk and promote healing (postvention) after a suicide becomes an important part of  suicide prevention.

Connect Postvention training is offered to law enforcement as a proactive planning tool to provide an integrated community response with other key service providers after a suicide death. Using nationally designated best practice protocols, lecture, discussion and case vignettes, participants will learn important steps for reducing the risk of contagion.

Ideally, postvention training is provided in advance to prepare law enforcement to respond to a suicide and incorporate postvention protocols into a suicide response plan. Training and/or technical assistance can also be provided following a suicide death. For more information, click here.

Specialized Trainings for Law Enforcement by NAMI - NH

Eye on Suicide - Law Enforcement