For the third straight year, police suicides outnumber line-of-duty deaths for the third straight year in 2018. An organizatin called Blue H.E.L.P., a Massachusetts-based nonprofit run by active and retired police officers, medical professionals and victims' families.
According to the organization, at least 159 officers took their own lives in 2018, the same number of suicide fatalities it tracked in 2017 and 19 more than 2016.
The single greatest cause of death for law enforcement officers each year is suicide, The suicide fatalities include 151 men and 8 women. The average age was 41, with an average length of service of 15 years.
As for 2019 on New Year's Day at least one officer has already reportedly died by suicide.