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Sheriff's office unveils squad with suicide prevention graphics

A Washington County Sheriff’s Office vehicles features the suicide-awareness colors of teal and purple, as well as the suicide prevention ribbon. Submitted photo

The Washington County Sheriff's Office worked in partnership with NAMI — National Alliance on Mental Illness — and Washington County Public Health and Environment on a new squad car aimed at suicide prevention awareness. September is suicide prevention month.

This vehicle, which will be used as a normal duty squad car, features graphics relating to suicide prevention. It has the nationally recognized suicide awareness colors of teal and purple, as well as the suicide prevention ribbon.

"Since the beginning of 2018, the Washington County Sheriff's Office has responded to 163 suicide related calls. We train all of our deputies in CIT (crisis in intervention training) and will continue to do whatever we can to try and raise awareness and save lives in the areas of mental illness and suicide prevention," Sheriff Dan Starry said in a statement.

The collaboration also includes free training to the public on QPR, or Question, Persuade, Refer, as well as handouts for deputies and chaplains to give to families dealing with suicide-related issues. QPR training can be access by contacting Washington County PHE at 651-430-6655. The sheriff's office thanked Advanced Graphix out of Vadnais Heights for providing the graphics for squad cars.