To the Editor: We appreciate the many thoughtful comments raised by the correspondents regarding our study about police suicide in New York City. Dr. Violanti, Dr. Roth, Dr. Dowling and Mr. Moynihan, and Dr. Hem and colleagues raise the same concern: that comparing police officers who are screened out for mental disorders with a general population that presumably has higher rates of serious mental illness makes it appear that police are at lower risk for suicide. We acknowledged this in our discussion, where we stated, "Since recruits undergo psychological screening, it could be argued that a police suicide rate that is not substantially lower than that of the general population is effectively high" (p. 2070). Our main finding was not so much that police rates were low per se but rather that they were not inordinately high. It must be added, however, that screening for mental illness among job applicants is always difficult since candidates are likely to minimize the reporting of their own psychopathology. In addition, many police recruits are screened at an age that may be younger than the maximum period of the risk for the onset of some mental disorders.