From a reader - we cannot independently verify the stats, but we certainly think it deserves some looking into:
- Cook County Sheriff officer commits suicide after shooting girlfriend and her father. This is the 5th officer suicide in Tom Dart's office just in the past year. Suicide rate in the Cook County Sheriffs office is 52 times higher the national average of other law enforcement agencies according to recent report.. When is Sheriff Dart going to demand mental healthcare for his officers, not just the inmates.
Cook County Sheriff office has the highest officer suicide rate of any police agency in the entire country. Officer suicides linked to on the job harassment claims.
High Ranking Source in the Cook County Sheriff office says Sheriff Tom Dart has good reason he refuses to release the statistics on officer suicides on his office The numbers are quite shocking compared to the national average... The Cook County Deputy Division has a suicide of 1 per 95 officers since 2007, while the national average is 18.1 per 100,000 officers. In simplistic terms, the Cook County Deputy Division has a suicide rate 52 times higher than the national average of police agencies.
Any suicide is too many. Even the fine work done by the Chaplains and the Employee Assistance Program people, CPD suffers a number of suicides every year. With the holiday season approaching, we worry about hearing someone harmed themselves. Does County have this type of program in place? Five suicides in a single calendar year would seem indicative of a larger problem and it needs to be addressed as soon as possible.