Golden Gate Bridge to hire more officers to prevent suicides

Five new officers will be hired to patrol the Golden Gate Bridge specifically to look for people who are suicidal.

Between 2000 and 2005, bridge officers were able to stop an average of 52 people a year from jumping from the span. Between 2006 and 2010, the number increased to an average of 73 a year. Since 2010, the average number of successful suicide interventions increased to 123 a year.

In 2014 alone there were 161 successful interventions and in 2015 there were 153. So far in 2016 there have been 138 successful interventions and the number is projected to exceed 200 by the end of the year.

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