Emily, I also wonder a lot about the high rates of suicide and domestic abuse among police officers. I have various theories about why people in law enforcement have these problems in greater proportions than the general population. I would guess that their jobs alternate between being very boring or very unpleasant and dangerous, and that affects them psychologically. They are exposed to the most violent, dysfunctional aspects of our culture, and so maybe that rubs off on them. Or, maybe they are used to everyone doing exactly what they say, so if their husband, wife or child disagree with them, they don't know how to react, except to strike them. Probably, too, the job attracts people with existing psychological issues surrounding authority and conformance. I believe that many men who become police officers used to be bullies in high school, and law enforcement suits their personalities because they enjoy having power over other people.
Whatever the reasons, this is a serious problems, and its great that you have identified a local NFP who focuses on this issue. But I am not sure how a product that you design could be useful in helping police officers to deal with their problems in more healthy ways. Can you tell me more about what you have in mind here? I can't really respond to your bibliography exercise without knowing more about the actual product you hope to make. If you want help brainstorming about product ideas, come over to my office later this week and we can discuss it. steven