Suicide Identification, Prevention, and Policy Failure

May 1, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Identification and discussion of evidence- and scientific-based suicidal behaviors will be highlighted, along with strategies to prevent and minimize these unfortunate, in-custody deaths. Findings from scientific-based studies about humans dying from hanging by ligature will be discussed to show why most correctional “suicide watch” policies are deficient. Timely in today’s correctional environment, this User-Level program will give you the information needed to help identify, prevent, and minimize these tragic in-custody deaths.


John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D., CTC., CLS serves as president, and chief learning officer of the Henderson, Nevada-based Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths, Inc.  A former law enforcement administrator, deputy sheriff, and police officer, Dr. Peters has been conducting law enforcement training across the globe since 1979. John was also a member of the United States Secret Service Defensive Tactics Advisory Panel.

Dr. Peters is one of a select few professionals who successfully completed the requirements of the Americans for Effective Law Enforcement for the designation of Certified Litigation Specialist in three areas: police liability, corrections liability, and campus law enforcement.  In 2005, he was appointed a faculty member of the Americans for Effective Law Enforcement, and in 2007 was appointed to its Certified Litigation Specialist Academic Committee.

A judicially-qualified expert witness in several law enforcement areas including sudden death and excited delirium, Dr. Peters has testified in international (Hong Kong), federal, and state courts. He has also served as a consulting expert in a number of cases across the United States where the issues included excited delirium and sudden death.

A prolific author, Dr. Peters has published over 250 articles, 6 texts, 35 informational and documentary videos, and has created several online programs for universities and colleges.  He co-authored (with Seth Coleman) the seminal text, Wheelchairs: Officers’ Field Guide, and has been the driving force behind the IPICD’s disability training curricula.

In addition to his teaching law enforcement officers, consulting, and writing, Dr. Peters has also taught descriptive and inferential statistics, basic and advanced research methods, public relations, instructional design, and business subjects at the university level. He earned his CLEAR California Teaching Credential and a post-doctoral Master of Arts in Education degree from the California State University, San Bernardino.