Police officers aged 30 to 34 are the most exposed, according to a barometer from the Mutual Security Forces.
Shocking figures which confirm a scourge unfortunately known for a long time. According to a barometer of the Mutual Security Forces (MGP), relayed by France Info and conducted among 6,000 police officers, 24% of them have considered suicide or heard from colleagues wanting to do so in the past 12 months. In total, according to the study, “40% of police officers are in psychological distress“. A figure well above the national average.
According to the barometer, police officers aged 30-34 are the most affected by this distress. Tensions with the population are weighing on the morale of the police officers questioned. They also say they lack the time to complete their tasks and have difficulty juggling private and professional life.
Work atmosphere and hierarchy
The mental health of police officers is clearly “correlated with the working conditions and the professional environment ”, points out the study. Thus, when the atmosphere with colleagues is not good or when the hierarchy is not listening, almost half of the police forces concerned say they are thinking about suicide.
Quoted by France Info, the president of the Mutual of security forces, Benoît Briatte, says he wants to encourage and facilitate access “psychological consultations»And preventive actions in police stations to improve their well-being at work and therefore their psychological health.
44 suicides per year on average
Over the past 25 years, more than 1,100 police officers have committed suicide, an average of 44 suicides per year: that’s 50% more than the rest of the population. Since January 1, 2021, there have been 16 suicides in the ranks of the national police.
A number of measures have been put in place by the Ministry of the Interior to fight against these tragedies and to support the agents. A crisis line is available for police officers who are victims of assault or threats. She can be reached on 0800 95 00 17, every day, from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. A psychological support unit is also open 24 hours a day on 0805 230 405. Calls are “Anonymous, confidential and free”