Course detail: Suicide By Cop: Assessment, De-escalation and Investigation

Recent studies of Officer Involved Shootings (OIS) reveal that as many as 30% of OIS incidents are acts of Suicide by Cop (SBC) committed by the suspect. This number rises significantly if the suspect is a recent veteran. In addition, research tells us that many terror attacks have been perpetrated by individuals with extreme ideologies and who engage in violent behavior are often prepared to be killed by police.  Extremist-related shootouts with police soared in 2020.  And, white supremacists and anti-government extremist groups continue to pose the greatest threat to law enforcement.  

This course is to provide relevant training with the objective of reducing incidents of Suicide by Cop. Focusing on suicidal ideation and early indicators of Suicide by Cop.

Core Competency:
  • Participants will be able to decide upon prescribed courses of action or techniques that will provide a greater level of safety in a variety of environments, events and situations.

Course Objectives: 
  • Develop an understanding of the need to identify potential acts of Suicide By Cop and properly communicate critical information to first responders. 
  • Have a better understanding of tactics and de-escalation techniques with the goal of reducing violent encounters with suicidal subjects.
  • Should an incident of SBC occur, participants will better understand the need to conduct a parallel investigation into the incident of suicide (SBC) perpetrated by the subject with the goal of reducing civil liability, assisting with the administrative adjudication, and assisting the involved officer(s) in their recovery from their part in this tragic incident.

Instructional Methods:
  • Lecture 
  • Discussion 
  • Case review 

Who Should Attend:
  • Law Enforcement Officers 
  • Investigators/Detectives 

Course Requirements:
  • 100% Attendance and Participation
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 Session Information: LE23109F (5 seats (12%) remaining)

Schedule: Every day, starting on 10/06/22 and ending on 10/06/22
Only 1 day left to register!
Times: 08:00am-05:00pm CDT
No Registration Fee : $0.00


Please dress in layers as the temperature in the room may difficult to adjust. Participants are responsible for their own travel, meals and lodging. Lunch is at 12:00 with the option to eat on-campus at Hetrick Bistro (all-you-can-eat) for $7.50.


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Rick Wall

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Ottawa University
1001 South Cedar Street
Ottawa, KS 66067