At 3:50 p.m. Friday afternoon, a 29-year-old New York City police officer shot and killed himself outside the Staten Island Police precinct where he worked.
It marked the latest in a troubling trend: Three suicides of New York Police Department officers in 10 days – and the fourth this year.
The situation in New York is part of a national problem. Last year, for the third straight year, cops who died by suicide outnumbered line-of-duty deaths.
New York’s string of tragedies prompted NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill to deliver a call for action and to encourage fellow cops to not be afraid to seek help if they need it.
“This is a mental-health crisis,” O’Neill tweeted Friday night. “And we – the NYPD and the law enforcement profession as a whole – absolutely must take action. This cannot be allowed to continue. Cops spend so much of their days assisting others. There is no shame in seeking assistance from the many resources available, both inside and outside the department.
“Accepting help is never a sign of weakness,” he added. “In fact, it’s a sign of great strength.”
SOURCE: Joey Garrison