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Conn. conference addresses rise in police suicides

Law enforcement professionals attended a suicide prevention conference on Wednesday

By Michael Walsh
The Hartford Courant

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — As Janice McCarthy stood and spoke in front of a parking lot surveillance video that captured the last hours of her husband's life, her argument about the need to change the culture of police work became clear.

"What you experience on a daily basis is cumulative stress," McCarthy, who lost her husband, Paul McCarthy, a Massachusetts state trooper, to suicide five years ago, told about 225 law enforcement professionals who attended a suicide prevention conference at Central Connecticut State University Wednesday.

The conference was in response to four documented police-officer suicides in Connecticut in the past few months.

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