But French authorities seem powerless to prevent the loss of life given that in January 2015 the government had already unveiled its new plan aimed at cutting suicide numbers in the police forces.
That plan came after a black year for the forces of law and order when 55 police and 30 gendarmes took their own lives.
They have also been targeted by violent protesters and in May 2016 took to the streets to protest against a rise in anti-cop hatred.
"Confronted on a daily basis by human misery, violence and the worst that you can find in humans, police can no longer put up with a lack of consideration towards them, which is a factor in these tragic acts," said the Unité-SGP-Police union.
The total represent a more than 5 percent increase from the prior year."He wasn't just a great professional but also a humanist. France's Interior Minister Gérard Collomb will meet with police unions after eight officers took their lives in a week.He has also asked police chiefs to put together a list of recommendations aimed at cutting the number of suicides.Speaking to The Local at the time David-Olivier Reverdy from the police union Alliance said that there was a real crisis in the police force.While he accepted there are always “multiple factors” behind suicides, he says the fact remains that there are fundamental problems within the French police force that is pushing many over the edge.