Suicide Prevention in Police Lockups 1.0

Suicide Prevention in Police Lockups 1.0 

Suicide is often the single most common cause of death in police lockups, and when it occurs, responsible officers are often shocked and surprised. In many police departments with holding cells or city detention facilities, officers have received little or no training in how to supervise and monitor detainees. Making matters worse, detainees are often held in cells or detention areas that do not meet state detention standards or even local health and safety codes. What's more, those that are designated to watch detainees are often a multi-tasking desk sergeant, or an injured officer, that … checks on detainees every now and then or when they call me. This course provides officers with an awareness of the serious, life threatening, and career damaging threat posed by suicidal individuals while being temporarily detained in your lockup. It discusses how to recognize the signs of pending suicide, and actions you can take to manage the threat, save lives, and reduce your personal and agency liability.


Hours: 2.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-SPPL
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Explain the extent of the suicide problem in lockups.
Identify at least four factors in a proactive stance.
Explain the purpose of a suicide actor profile.
Name at least four elements of a successful intake-screening interview.
List at least eight observational factors and interview questions pertaining to suicide screening.
Explain how to interact with potentially suicidal detainees.
Identify appropriate communication techniques for interacting with someone who is suicidal.
Explain the difference between a low- and high-risk suicidal detainee.
Describe how to properly administer basic first aid to hanging victims.

1. Introduction 2. Introduction to In-Custody Suicides 3. Suicide Actor Profile 4. Suicidal Behavior 5. Assessing Mental Health & Suicidal Risks 6. Interacting with Suicidal Detainees 7. First Aid 8. Lockup Suicide Prevention Plan 9. Conclusion

Instructor: David Lee Salmon II, BS
David Lee Salmon has a BS in Criminal Justice from San Houston State University, Texas. David's background includes being a Law Enforcement and Jail Risk Manager, as well as having served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence. He currently is the OSS Academy Training Coordinator, based in Texas, providing Law Enforcement and Corrections staff with online training. David also serves as the Vice-President of the OSS Law Enforcement Advisors, which provides risk management services, expert witness services, training programs, and law enforcement management tools. Disclosure: David Lee Salmon II, BS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Law Enforcement; in the following settings: Law Enforcement.
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