Sad but timely: The Portland, Ore., chapter of Sisters in Crime met last night to hear some sobering statistics on the rise in suicide attempts that involve tempting law enforcement officers to help a person end his or her life.

Chief Ron Louie, former police chief in Hillsboro and Astoria, Ore., discussed the issue. He listed a wide array of reasons behind the dramatic uptick in the incidents. But no real answers about how to stem the tide.

It’s a sad state that this topic is so timely. Portland has had a spate of what Chief Louie calls “SBC” incidents. It also is the topic this morning on a local Public Broadcasting now, “Think Out Loud.”


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Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on February 21, 2012, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Suicide-By-Cop.

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