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Opinion | Our police deserve better mental health care

At least 165 officers died from suicide in 2018, marking the third straight year that police suicides outnumbered line-of-duty deaths.

By Jeremy Wang, Assistant Opinions Editor

April 2, 2019

Police in America faced a deadly year in 2018 with 144 line of duty deaths. Far less attention is paid to police suicides, which are just as deadly.

Study looks to link brain activity, suicidal thoughts

(Illustration by Abby Katz | Staff Illustrator)

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

November 27, 2017

After contributing work to a study on brain activity, Marcel Just described the effort to better understand human thought as “a psychologist’s dream.” “Scientifically, it is fantastically interesting if you could assess the content of a thought,” Just, the director of the Center for Cogn...

‘Guardian’ helps people on the brink

Kevin Briggs, commonly known as the Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge, spoke to a crowd of 100 people in the William Pitt Ballroom about his 23-year career as a California Highway Patrol officer, during which he saved more than 200 lives. (Photo by Roger Tu | Staff Photographer)

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 24, 2017

Kevin Briggs thinks his unofficial title — “guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge” — sounds “egotistical.” “I’m not a big fan of the name,” Briggs said in an email. “I think there are many ‘Guardians’ all over the world, both first responder and citizen.” Briggs, a Californ...

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