the basics According to a barometer of the mutuality of the security forces, an average of 44 police officers have committed suicide every year for the last 25 years.
The Barometer of the Mutual Security Forces warns: “A quarter of police officers are confronted with suicidal thoughts,” reports France Info.
For the past 25 years, “more than 1,100 police officers have committed suicide,” an average of 44 suicides per year. According to our colleagues, that is 50% more than the rest of the population.
The President of the Mutual Security Forces, Benoît Briatte, reminded France Info that the mental health of the police must be a priority.
Younger police officers more affected
According to this barometer, which listed 6,000 agent testimonies between February and March, “40% of police officers are in psychological distress” and 24% have considered committing suicide or heard from colleagues that they want to do so in the past 12 months .
In addition, the youngest police officers between the ages of 30 and 34 are hardest hit by this distress, believing they lack the time to complete their duties and having difficulty juggling between work and personal life.
When tensions with the population weigh on morale, it is above all the difficult working conditions that make their daily lives very difficult.
According to this study, the mental health of police officers is clearly correlated “with working conditions and the professional environment”.
Benoît Briatte wants to promote access to psychological counseling and preventive measures in police stations in order to improve the working conditions of these officers.