Course Catalogue

Subject-Precipitated Homicide

Subject-Precipitated Homicide

This course was developed by the Calgary Police Service (CPS) and made available to all police services via CPKN. Please note that this course may contain some CPS-specific information/policies.

The phenomenon of subject-precipitated homicide (SPH), sometimes informally referred to as "suicide by cop”, is on the rise in North America and impacts police services across Canada. This course provides a broad overview of the issue and is designed to inform officers on how to recognize potential SPH cases, how to respond, and what officers involved in a SPH incident can expect in terms of investigative, legal, media, and personal impacts.

In particular, Subject-Precipitated Homicide discusses the suicidal mindset and the behavioural indicators to watch for when conducting a risk assessment. It identifies intervention strategies that may be used during potential SPH situations and the types of tactical support available. This course also advises on what an officer might encounter in the aftermath of a SPH incident. This course also includes supplemental materials which provide more in-depth information on SPH.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Define the term “subject-precipitated homicide”
  • Explain the seriousness of SPH incidents in relation to officer and public safety issues
  • Identify the three behavioural indicators that a suicidal act is imminent
  • Recognize the behavioural indicators of a potential SPH incident and respond with appropriate intervention strategies

Target Audience

This is an awareness level course and is designed for all frontline police officers.

Content Provider

This content for this course was developed by the Calgary Police Service.


Price: $25.00

Content Provider: Calgary Police Service

Language: English

Length: 30 minutes


Release Date: 2011-12-05