|Police Suicide, Epidemic in Blue, by John Violanti
POLICE SUICIDE, EPIDEMIC IN BLUE:
The single most important book that should be read on police suicide. It leads
the field in police literature on the topics of the police lifestyle,
stress, trauma and suicide. John M. Violanti succinctly points out how difficult it is to identify the problems when
police agencies continue to hide and misclassify suicides under the ignorant premise that they are "shameful." The result,
he demonstrates, is that the picture of the problem remains confusing and that it has been only through indirect
means that we have been able to even project there's a true problem.
Reflections of a Police Psychologist:
Dr. Digliani is a psychologist and a former deputy sheriff, police officer, and detective. He served
as staff psychologist of the Fort Collins Police Services for the last 11 years of his police career. He was awarded the FCPS
Medal of Merit for his work in police psychology. He is the current staff psychologist and peer support team clinical supervisor
for the Loveland Police Department and Larimer County Sheriff's Office. Dr. Digliani is the author of Stress Inoculation:
the Police, Stressor Intervention Program, Police Peer Support Team Training, and P.A.T.R.O.L., a program designed to support
police officers in training.
|On the Edge, Recent Perspectives on Police Suicide
In On the Edge, Recent Perspectives on Police Suicide, John Violanti, Andy O'Hara and Teresa Tate extend their academic research and knowledge on the subject to a national
level. Two of the authors, who have personally dealt with the aftermath of suicide,
add a realistic description of what it is like to be “on the edge.” Violanti is a former NY State trooper and
is now the nation's foremost researcher on police suicide. Andy O'Hara is a retired California Highway Patrol sergeant who
survived a near suicide and describes the feelings and pain he felt and how officers get to that point. Teresa
Tate, a survivor of law enforcement suicide, cites case examples of the impact on families left behind. O'Hara presents a
description of the pioneer “Badge of Life” program, which seeks to “depower” police trauma
and, instead, “empower” the officer. In doing so, they will be prepared not only for stress but for trauma before
it occurs and know what to do when it does. Police stress management at its best.
2nd Edition: This second edition is a valuable follow-up to the first, with new chapters that carefully
lay out what PTSD is and how officers can take steps now to "prepare for the inevitable." Kates encourages officers
to set up a support system before a critical incident occurs, which includes friends and family, peer counselors, therapists
and support groups. Highly interesting is a new chapter (9/11) in which he discusses the dilemma of "delayed onset."
The chapter on "Resiliency" is also a thoughtful one that offers suggestions on developing what the author calls
a "resilience" to future traumatic events by broadening one's viewpoint, acceptance, considering support groups, and
taking advantage of a mental health professional to develop a healthy strategy for moving ahead.
|I Love a Cop
I LOVE A COP is for families of police officers (and officers) on the lifestyle in
a law enforcement career. The author does a insightful job of explaining the emotional strains of shifts and job
stresses, how officers change, and the strain put on a family. This is a book full of support and resources,
including recommendations for therapy when needed--valuable reading for families and officers.
SURVIVING THE SHADOWS: Delving into the world of post-traumatic stress (PTS) with powerful and inspiring stories from an array
of people who have suffered from it directly or indirectly, this book offers an insider's view of the dark and lonely world
of this disorder. Culling together inspiring stories from his own experiences, author Bob Delaney combines stories of personal triumph--including his own--with accounts of doctors who have developed groundbreaking methods
in dealing with the disorder, and profiles of one-of-a-kind programs around the country devoted to assisting sufferers.
ANXIETY DISORDERS IN ADULTS: Contains excellent information
on anxiety disorders in general and on PTSD, with focus on both catastrophic and cumulative PTSD, multiple trauma experiences,
treatments and a table of "client metaphors" (D. Meichenbaum) for symptoms.
|Codependent No More
CODEPENDENT NO MORE: A
classic text, of value to many in law enforcement, showing through personal examples and exercises, how controlling
others in their personal lives forces them to lose sight of their own needs and happiness. This is a book designed to
awaken the reader to many of the behaviors that can complicate a law enforcement career and endanger relationships; also for
COPICIDE John Violanti and James
Drylie provide an informative examination of the phenomenon often called "suicide by cop," increasingly known by the
term, "copicide." Case examples explore the wide variety officers. Violanti and Drylie examine each in detail, and
produce insight and recommendations for law enforcement agencies to consider, both in their training and evaluations.
They also explore the uncomfortable topic of officers committing "suicide by suspect, or "suicide by cop turned inside
COPS DON'T CRY: A most sobering look at the challenges faced by a spouse in a police relationship while at the same time
providing great insight for officers on the impacts of shift work, controlling behaviors, weapons in the home and more.
Author Stone offers sound advice on making it all work, taking care of yourself and, above all, keeping a sense of humor.
It's tough, she notes, especially when such things as trauma and PTSD enter the picture--but again, she walks the reader through
the steps of finding one’s way through.
I Can't Get Over It is a comprehensive
book for trauma sufferers/survivors. It's a clearly written breakdown of PTSD, what it is, its symptoms and biochemistry,
and the healing process. The author helps to
create necessary cognitive frameworks that trauma survivors desperately need in order to begin to make sense of the strange
experiences they are often frightened to share with others. One of the most important
things she articulates is the phenomenon of "secondary victimization." In brief, secondary victimization results from the
well-meaning but damaging responses of friends and loved ones to your trauma. An
excellent resource to aid officers in understanding their PTSD.
NO TIME TO SAY GOODBYE: is an excellent book for the survivors of law enforcement
suicides, too often shunned and forgotten by police departments in a short time. Not only is it valuable reading for
them, but it is essential reading for police administrators who are interested in improving their programs. A
moving, heart-wrenching book, and a true testimony about the frequent struggles of surviving families.
STRESS MANAGEMENT IN LAW ENFORCEMENT: A carefully selected collection of the leading articles on stress and its consequences
for police personnel. This 2007 edition comprises nine sections which cover the following topics: What is Stress All About?;
What Does Stress Mean for Cops?; Are There Ways We Can Tell It's There?; What Are Some of the Bad Effects of Stress on Cops?;
How Does Stress Impact a Cop's Family Life?; How Does the Worst of the Worst Affect Cops?; What Are the Tools That a Cop Can
Use to Better Handle Stress?; What Support is Available for Cops? and How Can the Bosses Better Help Their Cops?
SUICIDE BY COP: Vivian Lord explores one of law enforcement's worst scenarios, an armed subject who wants to be killed. She provides tactics
that have successfully resolved suicide-by-cop (SbC) situations, relying on leading experts on the subject. The author discusses
the psychological devastation many officers suffer after SbC confrontations and legal defenses that can be used after such
Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement
An introductory book for new officers on how to maintain a well-balanced family life while
being a police officer. Gilmartin addresses the daily stresses of career fields like law enforcement
with suggestions on how to leave the job behind and enjoy outside activities. He lists some suggestions,
such as maintaining a planning calendar of family activities, developing a good physical fitness program, and exercising control
over unnecessary spending.
TRUST AFTER TRAUMA: This is a book for training personnel and trauma survivors who have already
completed some work in understanding their trauma either through therapy or a recovery program. Matsakis takes an intense
look at issues like the blame placed on victims for their own PTSD, the loss of invulnerability that is inevitable for the
officer, and the "exile" and secondary woundings suffered by trauma victims. The book's exercises are of possible merit
to some, but the greatest value is in the text itself.
UNDER THE BLUE SHADOW: a book by John Violanti and Stephanie Samuels that explores the psychological dangers
of a police career with compelling case studies. Violanti continues his reputation as America's foremost authority on
police psychology, and Stephanie Samuels shows herself to be a voice of great value as well.