Volume 24, Issue 1 (January 1979)
Training Police Officers to Handle Suicidal Persons
The Center for the Administration of Justice at Temple University in Philadelphia conducts training for persons attending the police academy. Part of the crisis intervention training includes dealing with a suicidal person. Didactic material is presented on depression and suicide. Class members are then taught the technique of reflection and practice briefly with each other. The technique is demonstrated by the instructor with an actor posing as a suicidal person. Finally, some members of the class get an opportunity to use the techniques with the actor. Feedback and suggestions are given by other class members and the instructor.