SAN RAFAEL (CBS/AP) — Five new officers will be hired to patrol the Golden Gate Bridge specifically to search for people looking to jump to their death.

The bridge board last week approved adding the new bridge officers to the patrol, bringing the total to 22. They are expected to be working on the span in about two months, the Marin Independent Journal reported Sunday.

Between 2000 and 2005, bridge officers were able to stop an average of 52 people a year from jumping from the span. So far in 2016, there have been 138 successful interventions and the number is projected to exceed 200 by the end of the year.

The increase in successful interventions is directly related to having more officers patrolling the bridge’s sidewalks, said Capt. Lisa Locati, the span’s top law enforcement official.

Having the additional officer will allow Locati to deploy three or four officers on the span at one time, up from the current two, she said.

“The officers want to be on the sidewalk detail,” she said. “They are the front line in these situations.”

The move by the bridge board is the latest to address suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge.

In August, bridge officials announced a partnership with Crisis Text Line, which allows people in crisis to text GGB to 741741 and almost immediately have access to a counselor. Bridge security is also notified. Signs referring people to the service are now on the span.

In June 2014, the bridge board unanimously agreed to build a suicide barrier expected to be completed by 2020.

More than 1,400 people have jumped to their deaths since the bridge opened in 1937.

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Comments (5)
  1. Riley says:

    If people want to jump off of the bridge, then they should be able to do so. We should charge people for jumping which would cover the cost of recovering the body and the associated clean-up.
    It is not failed society’s place to tell people if they can commit suicide or not. If society wants to be able to dictate what people can and cannot do with their lives, then it needs to focus on making life better for everyone.
    Otherwise, Society needs to just go F U C K itself.

  2. People have a right to decide when they want to leave this world.
    A bridge jumper doesn’t hurt anyone else on his/her way out, doesn’t damage or delay others (like a train), doesn’t create trauma for officers (suicide by cop).
    It’s the ideal way to go. Leave them alone. If they want to leave, let them.

  3. tn says:

    In a vacuum, it makes sense to save every single person possible and rehabilitate or refocus their life path. Outside of the vacuum, there are social and medical intangible and tangible costs like additional professional counseling, education, rehabilitation, drug, physical, and psychological management. Who shall pay for all of this? How long? What if some of these suicidals vow to take their lives anyway? Do we lock them up forever, or until someone deems them “mentally stable?” What happens if the “saved” suicidal gets psychotic and takes out a few family members, or other innocent civilians who happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, when this repeat suicidal decides to escalate the event? Who shall decide on who pays for these new victims’ medical, mental and other real costs?

    1. Danny says:

      Thank you for wasting so much of my time with your blah blah blah cake shait.

      Basically, people who want to commit suicide should. That is all you needed to say.

  4. Patrick Jones says:

    With the transgender nonsense that the liberals push onto you in this city, it is not surprising that so many people want to jump off of the bridge.