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 between misunderstanding and accusation.
Rebecca’s experience and research in the area of suicide
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
we can begin to understand the consequences of suicide by cop, and its
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
officers endure after having been forced to kill another human being.
Likewise, she 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,
learn what it’s like for survivors who are left with the overwhelming
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
Hopefully, Rebecca’s work will motivate the
leadership within Police Departments to evaluate and develop appropriate
protocols to help officers, survivors, and the community, in learning
work through such potentially devastating events.