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Golden Gate Bridge to hire more officers to prevent suicides

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / OCT. 2015

    This file photo shows the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco skyline from the Marin Headlands above Sausalito, Calif.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. » Five new officers will be hired to patrol the Golden Gate Bridge specifically to search for people looking to jump to their death.

The bridge board last week approved adding the new bridge officers to the patrol, bringing the total to 22. They are expected to be working on the span in about two months, the Marin Independent Journal reported today.

Between 2000 and 2005, bridge officers were able to stop an average of 52 people a year from jumping from the span. So far in 2016, there have been 138 successful interventions and the number is projected to exceed 200 by the end of the year.

The increase in successful interventions is directly related to having more officers patrolling the bridge’s sidewalks, said Capt. Lisa Locati, the span’s top law enforcement official.

Having the additional officer will allow Locati to deploy three or four officers on the span at one time, up from the current two, she said.

“The officers want to be on the sidewalk detail,” she said. “They are the front line in these situations.”

The move by the bridge board is the latest to address suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge.

In August, bridge officials announced a partnership with Crisis Text Line, which allows people in crisis to text GGB to 741741 and almost immediately have access to a counselor. Bridge security is also notified. Signs referring people to the service are now on the span.

In June 2014, the bridge board unanimously agreed to build a suicide barrier expected to be completed by 2020.

More than 1,400 people have jumped to their deaths since the bridge opened in 1937.

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  • Another fine “solution” by Dems to waste their inept voter bases tax dollars.

    I say let them jump already, sharks need food too! So now that they’ve intervened the suicidal from harmlessly jumping into the cold shark infested bay they’ll likely seek more drastic ways to commit suicide like jumping in front of cars or worse taking out innocent bystanders as they go on murder-suicide killing sprees.

    • I agree. If someone really wants to kill themselves who are we to say they can’t. If they need and want help, we should help them but I’d rather they take their own life by jumping off the bridge than another way that might put innocent people at risk. Random school and other shooting come to mind.

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