On Tuesday, October 15, a New York police sergeant was killed at his home and made him the 10th officer of the New York Police Department to die by suicide this year.
The unidentified 35-year-old cop, according to the reports, died from self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. The officer was declared dead at 10 p.m. in a hospital.
Additional data was not immediately available, but death is part of the definition of a “mental health crisis” by Police Commissioner James O’Neill.
In June the head cop of the nation’s largest police force said that police officers “can not continue killing themselves.” “Policemen spend so much of their time assisting others. But it is important that we improve ourselves first before we can help the people we represent, “he said, urging those who might require help to seek support for mental health.
Police Commissioner James O’Neill said, “The acceptance of advice never symbolizes weakness, it’s in reality a symbol of great power.” Last month, county council members submitted to the NYPD a bill demanding that it “take a number of approved medical practitioners to provide mental health support and information for all deputies of New York City’s police.” According to a non-profit organization investigating deaths in law enforcement, at least 169 police officers, 24 of them retired, died in 2019.
An NYPD Officer shot himself and made him 10th Officer Die As a Suicide This Year