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Police Suicide: Tactics for Prevention
Charles C. Thomas Publisher  More Info

About the Lane County Sheriff’s Office

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office’s nearly 400 employees are organized into three divisions: Corrections Division; Office of the Sheriff; and, Police Services Division.

 

The Corrections Division operates traditional and alternative programs for offenders who are either pretrial or sentenced to the custody of the Sheriff.

 

The Corrections Division operates the 485-bed Main Jail.  The Mail Jail serves as the division intake and release center. The original Main Jail was constructed in 1979, with new additions completed in 1988 and 1999.

 

The Office of the Sheriff is the administrative branch of the Sheriff's Office housing office-wide functions such as Fiscal, Personnel, Training, Planning, Labor Relations and Legal Counsel liaison.

 

The Police Services Division command is staffed by a captain and an administrative assistant who oversee the Field Services, Special Operations and Support Services sections in the division. Field Services Section is responsible for providing 24-hour emergency response to the Lane County jurisdiction; Respond to emergency police-related calls 24 hours a day, including assisting other sections within the Department; Provide mutual aid to surrounding jurisdictions when called upon; Respond to non-emergency police calls, as staffing permits; Investigate crimes and arrest law violators; and, Provide limited traffic law enforcement on County roadways.

 

The Special Operations Section of the Police Services Division is responsible for a myriad of services including: Administration and coordination of contracts; Civil Process; Courthouse Security and Transportation; Search & Rescue; Drug Enforcement/Marijuana Eradication; Aviation; and, Forestland Emergency Services Programs.

 

Dell P. Hackett has over 28 years law enforcement experience. As a member of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office (Oregon), he has served as a patrol deputy sheriff, shift supervisor, watch commander, and traffic unit supervisor. He was most recently assigned as the middle manager in charge of the departments Special Operations Unit. Dell has eight years of past SWAT experience. He has been certified as an emergency vehicle operations (EVOC) instructor, and a senior firearms instructor. And, he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

 

Dell Hackett is a board certified expert in traumatic stress and a Diplomate member of the National Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the American Board of Law Enforcement Experts. Dell was heavily involved in the formation of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office’s critical incident de-briefing team and the peer support unit. He has spoken on a national and international basis on topics relating to law enforcement stress, police suicide, and leadership issues. Dell Hackett has been a requested speaker for several groups, both law enforcement and civilian, from around the nation.  Dell Hackett is the co-author of Police Suicide: Tactics for Prevention.

 

According to the book description of Police Suicide: Tactics for Prevention, “the range of information in this book is broad and offers strategies and tactics that may help to prevent suicides. It was written by several skilled and caring professionals, and it was their aim to give law enforcement officers, administrators, and mental health professionals additional information and skills in dealing with law enforcement officers in crisis. It will be interesting and useful to those who would read it with the intention of understanding this dilemma faced by law enforcement and who have a desire to continue the search for possible solutions. The book contains far more than that which would usually come to mind concerning the subject of self-destructive behavior. Its main focus concerns such diverse and very important areas as the police culture, the supervisor’s role in intervention, departmental denial of the problem, getting officers to seek help, family issues, and survivor issues. All are intended to get the reader closer to being able to identify officers who may be in harms way, offer solutions to those who seek help, and hopefully prevent police suicides. Only recently has the identification of police stress and the subsequent counterproductive behaviors been exposed and accepted within the culture. We have learned that the police occupation is different from all others and that it is all right to be different. This new understanding may also provide a potential remedy for some of law enforcement’s greatest ills: alcohol abuse, family abuse, and the subsequent consequences. It is the hope, therefore, that the information in this book will prevent future suicides and even reverse the thinking that leads to such life-ending decisions. It is a "must read" for law enforcement officers, probation and parole officers, supervisors, mental health professionals, educators, criminal justice students and professors. It is complete and well researched; a cooperative effort, not a competitive one; a journey of discovery and hope.”

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