LAPD Chief on Suicide Prevention Month
Chief's Message Suicide Prevention Month 2022
The Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection (LESDC) Act was signed into law on June 16, 2020, and charges the Attorney General, acting through the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to establish a data collection where law enforcement agencies may submit
information about their officers who have died by or attempted to commit suicide for the purpose of compiling national statistics on these tragedies
Law enforcement suicide had the attention of the Executive Office of the Federal Government. June 16, 2020, the President of the United States signed the (Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection) LESDCA into law. The enactment of the LESDCA greatly expanded the demographics for this collection by not only including the traditional UCR definition of law enforcement, but also corrections, telecommunications, and legal system personnel.
The Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act took effect Jan. 1, 2022.
Suicide among members of law enforcement is not an easy topic to approach. It is challenging to
research and therefore hard to understand. Many people find it difficult to talk about the subject,
but it is imperative that we do so. It is the goal of the FBI’s UCR Program to continue efforts to
market the LESDC to the greater law enforcement community. As noted, participation in this
collection is vital and will not only help the law enforcement community understand why this
tragedy occurred but could also help prevent suicides from occurring in the future
If you are experiencing difficult thoughts call 988