Task force on police suicides

October 5, 2008 10:35:19 AM PDT
New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine has created a new state task force to find out what can be done to prevent police suicides. Corzine said Sunday that it's the public's responsibility to extend a helping hand to police in their hour of need.

The state Policemen's Benevolent Association has been pushing for such a task force.

Corzine's office says there was an average of 12 New Jersey law enforcement suicides each year from 2003 to 2007. Their have been eight so far this year.

The 14-member task force will develop a strategy to help law enforcement officials to deal with stress and other mental health issues among officers.

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