Suicide by Cop: Are you the Tool?


The objective of this 8-hour course is to assist law enforcement officers in understanding suicide and suicide by cop.

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The objective of this 8-hour course is to assist law enforcement officers in understanding suicide and suicide by cop. Officers will be able to identify indicators associated with suicide by cop. This course will assist officers with understanding the different typology and types of suicide by cop. Officers will learn different communication techniques for these situations. Officers will have a better understanding of the roles they play in these types of incidents.

Have you ever encountered a person that seemed to want to die? Did they force you to engage them? Let’s talk about what your next stage may have been in your encounter. Were you forced into an Officer involved shooting? Let’s discuss this type of encounter where law enforcement is forced to use deadly force. We will discuss the following topics.

  • Defining Suicide and Suicide by Cop
  • Recognizing an SbC incident and indicators
  • Types of SbC
  • Officer response to SbC
  • Communications during an SbC event
  • Less lethal weapons during an SbC event


If so, this course is for you. Through class discussions and videos, we will explore different aspects of Suicide by Cop. We will explore the different types and ways to communicate hoping for a different outcome than what our subject wants. Our goal should be for everyone to go home at the end of these types of events, if possible.

Cancellation Policy

The course cancellation policy requires a minimum of a 15-day prior notice from the course start date when a student will not be attending the course. The notification to not attend will be made by email through our website, and if they identify no replacement student, cancellations with less than 15-days notice will cause a department credit that can be used towards another future training event within one year from the original course date. We will charge no-shows without email notification the full course fee, even if the payment has not already been made. We offer a one-year future course credit as well for any no-show that is charged a full course fee. This policy is in effect as of June 23, 2021, and you as a representative of your agency agree to abide by this policy by registering for any course. Please contact us by email or phone if you have questions about this cancellation policy. This policy is in place because of students that register for courses and take training slots without attending training, which removes the opportunity for another officer to attend. We pay the instructors teaching these programs based on the number of officers scheduled to attend the event, and we base our travel cost including instructor pay on registration fees. This policy is considered a binding contract between BSTS LLC and the student or student agency or company.


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