Cops taught to handle suicide situations

Most police officers are taught how to handle distraught persons who are attempting to commit suicide.

They are trained to contain and mitigate such situations, said a police spokesman.

He added that the SPF Crisis Negotiation Unit police has more than 80 police officers and psychologists who are trained to negotiate in cases of hostage-taking, barricaded subjects, civil disobedience and suicide intervention.

There were 940 cases of attempted suicides received by the police last year, a 15.9 per cent decrease from 2012.

The previous year, there were 1,009 cases of attempted suicide recorded by the police.

Anyone attempting to commit suicide may be fined or jailed for up to a year or both.