Police suicide

Police and suicide

Police and suicide
[Journal article]

Abstract

In the current discussion of possible new forms of societal handling of the phenomenon of suicide, the demand that death by one's own hand should be treated less repressively than before by the institutions of social control plays a decisive role. This Auf ... more

In the current discussion of possible new forms of societal handling of the phenomenon of suicide, the demand that death by one's own hand should be treated less repressively than before by the institutions of social control plays a decisive role. This essay tries to address this problem using the example of the intervention of the police authorities, in particular the criminal police. An important point here is the storage of personal data of those at risk of suicide, which is carried out in computer systems, although not yet fully automated everywhere. What the concept of data protection as citizen protection in the event of a suicide attempt actually means with regard to police intervention, monitoring and registration activities is explained in detail. The main problem: is the police intervention - as it is claimed - actually capable of providing help and protection for the person concerned, and is it really justified to put suicidal people under surveillance and control for the purpose of averting danger? The main subject of the research was the situation in the state of Bremen. ' (Author's presentation) ... less

Thesaurus keywords
Federal Republic of Germany; Suicide; Bremen; Prevention; Personal data; official statistics; Police; Privacy; Data

classification
Jurisprudence
Criminal sociology, legal sociology, criminology

method
empirically

Language document
German

Year of publication
1987

Page reference
Pp. 155-167

Magazine title
Psychology and Social Criticism, 11 (1987) 2/3

status
Release version; appraised

License
Creative Commons - Attribution, Noncommercial, NoDerivs