A NYPD officer has reportedly died by suicide in Queens, marking the ninth such death this year.
The off-duty officer was found Wednesday dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Their identity has not been given. The death also marks the seventh suicide death for NYPD since June and the second this week.
The recent deaths have prompted Police Commissioner O’Neill and Chief of Department Terrence Monahan to convene mental health experts to discuss the issue. Officials are considering several possible solutions, including putting peer counselors and clinicians in each precinct.
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For the ninth time this year, a New York City police officer has died by suicide.
The veteran off-duty officer died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Laurelton, Queens Wednesday evening.
Sources say the officer’s wife and two children, ages 18 and 11, heard a shot, ran to see what it was, and found him.
The officer, who had more than 25 years on the job, has not yet been identified.
Early Tuesday morning, an officer was found dead inside his Yonkers home of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The spate of officer suicides has prompted Police Commissioner James O’Neill and Chief of Department Terrence Monahan to convene mental health experts. They’re considering putting peer counselors and clinicians in each precinct.
“We are bringing in what outside resources we can into the agency to talk to our cops,” Monahan said on Tuesday. “We are also making a lot of changes within the organization itself. We are looking to get peer counselors so cops at each level. If you are in crisis you can go talk to someone at your level that will have the training. We are working with Thrive to get these cops training, we just put it out. We are getting a lot of volunteers. We are looking to hire a lot more counselors.”
“We’re supposed to be tough and that’s ok, it comes with the line of work, but where’s the outlet for that,” said O’Neill. “You’re not gonna go home and talk about it, you’re not gonna talk to your family about that. The critical step forward here is peer support and then once we steer that person to help, that that help’s effective. And they understand this is not an end to their career.”
More police officers have died by suicide this year so far than in the line of duty, the statistics show.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. The number to call is 1-800-273-8255.