The Weight of the Badge and Police Officer Suicides

For the first time in policing, departments have started to openly discuss the weight of the badge and the impact it has on the mental health of officers.

Operation Crime and Justice traveled to Chicago, where three police officers committed suicide in three months. After investigating the Chicago Police Department (CPD), the Department of Justice found officers there committed suicide at a rate 60 percent higher than the national average.

As a child, Scott Tracz dreamt of policing Chicago streets.

“He wanted to fix the bad city,” his cousin Ark Maciaszek said to Lead Investigative Reporter Joy Lepola in an interview.  more

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