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  • Genre:TRUE CRIME
  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:150
  • eBook ISBN:9781483599496

Suicide By Cop

Victims from Both Sides of the Badge

by Rebecca A. Stincelli View author's profile page

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This book was the first of it's kind. At the time of publication, no other book on suicide by cop existed - and certainly not one that focuses on the dual perspectives of both the officer and next of kin. Hundreds of police officers across the United States and Canada were interviewed for this book. Their cases and case outcome having been examined with great detail to determine what is or is not a suicide by cop incident. This book shares selected case studies of officer-involved shootings and their outcome. You will read the officers accounts just as they have told them to me. Includes photographs, diagrams, support resources, and more.
This book is not about the tactical aspects of police work, but rather the intensity of emotions that accompany a critical shooting. It is for police officers and survivors alike to help bridge the gap be-tween misunderstanding and accusation. Rebecca’s experience and research in the area of suicide by cop brings a no-holds-barred approach and speaks to all sides of this issue. She offers the dual perspective of both surviving loved ones of suicide by cop and the officer involved so that we can begin to understand the consequences of suicide by cop, and its effect on survivors, officers, and the community as a whole. Rebecca very carefully and courageously pulls back the curtain to expose the raw emotions of police officers as well as how these officers endure after having been forced to kill another human being. Likewise, Rebecca presents the stark reality faced by survivors who encounter the devastating “knock at the door.” Understanding Survivors helps us to see what lay ahead for survivors. From the onset of the death notification through the cold reality of an autopsy report, we learn what it’s like for survivors who are left with the overwhelming sorrow of realizing how someone they loved chose suicide. As a police officer involved in three of these kinds of incidents, I found this book to be of great value. I wish it had been available sooner. Hopefully, Rebecca’s work will motivate the leadership within Police Departments to evaluate and develop appropriate protocol's to help officers, survivors, and the community, in learning how to work through such potentially devastating events.
About the author
Rebecca Stincelli is a published author of numerous articles and training manuals on crime-victim trauma. In her book, "Suicide by Cop: Victims from BOTH sides of the badge" she has defined and classified this phenomenon with such clarity that it is now used by the distinguished Black’s Law Dictionary, 9th edition, classifica-tion of suicide by cop. She is a former crisis interventionist with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department with over 20 years of front-line experience, having developed the first-ever program providing trauma intervention at the onset of first response. From her many years of service with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Rebecca was recognized and presented with the Jeffer-son Award from the American Institute of Public Service. This award honors the local unsung heroes alongside national figures such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Tom Brokaw, and Elie Wiesel, to name just a few. She has also received awards from the National Organization of Victim Assistance, as well as from local victim-support organizations and law enforcement agencies.
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