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This chapter reviews themes common in the suicides of uniformed law enforcement officers & special agent personnel. Cases reviewed repeatedly show injury to self-esteem & the loss of control. In every death studied, there were viable alternatives to suicide but the interventions were not perceived to be viable to the officer at risk. The focus is on recognizing individuals who are failing & enhancing efforts to reach out to those in need. The chapter concludes with an early warning signs model with which to identify risk & with suggestions for creating a workplace culture that promotes engaging support. Descriptions are provided of programs proven to enhance teamwork & professional commitment & reduce suicide. JA