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Preventing Death by Suicide: A Chief-to-Chief Leadership Wellness Discussion

Suicide prevention is a major concern within law enforcement. Health and wellness programs are being created across the country to help officers and their families ensure that they will not become victims of a suicide tragedy. This virtual panel discussion explores such prevention programs and shares other avenues that address suicide prevention by engaging law enforcement leadership in their strategies and best practices.

In this event, law enforcement chiefs from across North America shared their leadership journeys into enhancing officer wellness programs across an array of day-to-day professional services and response to critical incidents involving officer involved shootings, officer suicides, and other mental health events. The discussion also includes the impact of increasing morale and building acceptance for the concepts of creating a police family environment for all employees, volunteers, and retired personnel by demonstrating care and accepting that “it is okay not to be okay.”

These chiefs came together with subject matter personnel, to equip peer chiefs with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to develop a true leadership culture that is compassionate and empathetic on all mental health issues. Together we can reduce death by suicide in the law enforcement profession.



Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Abigail Spanberger, Representative, U.S. House of Representatives


Edwin Roessler, Chief of Police, Fairfax County (VA) Police Department


  • Chief Peter Newsham, Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia
  • Superintendent Martin Bruce, Support Services Division, Vancouver (WA) Police Department
  • Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala, Director, Office of Support Services, Los Angeles (CA) Police Department
  • Luann Pannell, Director, Police Training and Education, Los Angeles (CA) Police Department
  • Denise Jablonski Kaye, Police Psychologist, Los Angeles (CA) Police Department
  • Sergeant Joe King, Director, Boston Police Peer Support Unit, Boston (MA) Police Department
  • Bernie Gonzalez, Founder and Director, Boundless Leadership Consulting
  • Josh Goldberg, Executive Director, Boulder Crest Foundation

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