CRITERIA FOR INCLUSION ON BLUE H.E.L.P. PAGE
For the purpose of the Blue H.E.L.P.,
“Law enforcement officer” means any person who is elected, appointed, or employed full time or part time by any municipality, county, state, federal or any political subdivision thereof; who is vested with authority to bear arms and make arrests; and whose primary responsibility is the prevention and detection of crime or the enforcement of the penal, criminal, traffic, or highway laws of the state.
“Correctional officer” means any person who is appointed or employed full time or part time by the state or any municipality, county, state, federal or any political subdivision thereof, or by any private entity which has contracted with the state or county, and whose primary responsibility is the supervision, protection, care, custody, and control, or investigation, of inmates within a correctional institution.
“Employing agency” means any agency or unit of government or any municipality, county, state, federal or any political subdivision thereof, or any agent thereof, which has constitutional or statutory authority to employ or appoint persons as officers. The term also includes any private entity which has contracted with the state or county for the operation and maintenance of a non-juvenile detention facility.
The term “line of duty suicide” means a law enforcement officer has died by suicide as a direct or proximate result of a physical or mental injury sustained in the line of duty.
Not included under this definition are suicides attributed to criminal causes, including, but not limited to, the following:
- While under investigation or indictment for a significant criminal offense;
- Murder/Suicide scenarios.
Extenuating circumstances may be reviewed by the Blue H.E.L.P. for inclusion on a case-by-case basis.
An officer shall be included if a department states that the officer died as a result of a line of duty suicide and there is no information to believe otherwise. An officer must have at least one year of post-academy service to qualify. Retired officers are also eligible if their death can be attributed to their career.
Blue H.E.L.P. shall exhaust all possible means available to verify an officer’s eligibility status.
Once an officer is submitted via the online submission form, a member of the Blue H.E.L.P. staff will begin the verification process.
While ALL suicides are counted, not all will have their names and faces on the Blue H.E.L.P. page because:
- The families have not given permission/ are not ready;
- They were engaged in criminal activity or it was a murder/suicide;
- Blue H.E.L.P. has not been made aware of the death.