Police officers suffer from higher rates of stress, mental health problems, and suicide in comparison to the general population. With this in mind, it’s important for the federal government to help police departments meet their officers’ mental health needs through grants to support mental health and suicide prevention services.
Major police departments, such as the LAPD, already have staff psychiatrists to help manage officers in crisis. While it’s unfortunate that not all police departments have the resources to hire mental health support staff, this is a local budgetary issue, not a federal one. At a time of ballooning federal debt, it’s irresponsible for the federal government to take on additional obligations that should be local.