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.”