November 22, 2013
Letters to the Editor
The Boston Globe
P.O. Box 2378
Boston, MA 02107-237
The Massachusetts Coalition of Police would like to thank Kevin Cullen for writing “The Blue Line in the Shadows” published November 22, 2013. Police suicide has become one of the most troubling issues in law enforcement. There are so many factors that bring someone who is given the responsibility to help everyone else, to make the decision to end their own life. The Boston Police Peer Support Unit, led by Sgt. Brian Fleming, is one of the most valuable resources that Massachusetts Police Officers have to utilize. Sgt. Fleming and the other members of the peer support unit have saved many lives.
The Massachusetts Coalition of Police would like to thank the Boston Police Peer Support Unit for offering their assistance not just to Boston Police Officers, but to any officer that is having a difficult time. We would also like to thank the Boston Police for allowing their peer support unit to assist officers from across the commonwealth. With help like the type that the Boston Peer Support Unit offers, we are hoping that the conversation about police suicide will be brought “out of the shadows”.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 508-581-9336. Thank you in advance for your anticipated consideration.
Hugh Cameron, President
Massachusetts Coalition of Police