This marks the first force suicide in 2020 after 10 cops took their own lives in 2019.
- New York Police Department Second-grade Det. Paul Federico, 53, committed suicide at his mother’s house in Queens on Monday
- He was a 29-year veteran of force assigned to the police commissioner’s office
- Officer was recently placed on modified duty and had his guns taken away
- This marks the first force suicide of 2020 after 10 NYPD cops took their own lives in 2019, prompting the department to create a suicide prevention program
- In 2019 there were at least 228 officer suicides nationally
A New York Police Department detective committed suicide at his mother’s home in Queens on Monday, authorities say.
Sources identified the officer as Second-grade Det. Paul Federico, 53, according to the New York Post.
This marks the first force suicide of 2020, following a string of alarming suicides where 10 NYPD officers took their own lives in 2019.
The officer was a 29-year veteran of the force and was assigned to the police commissioner’s office.
He hanged himself in the Middle Village home on 79th Street around 12.25pm, sources say.
The officer was recently placed on modified duty and had his guns taken away from him, the Post reported.
‘Nobody seems to know why,’ a source said on the force move to place him on modified duty.
Federico had two adult children and a brother named Anthony, who works as a cop with the Rockville Center Police Department in Long Island.
‘His wife was in front screaming,’ Mario Kustera, 53, who lived in the area said to the Post. ‘She was saying, “Why did my husband do this?”‘
Federico once helped NYPD auxiliary officer Michael Dorian, who volunteered at Ground Zero after the 9/11 terror attacks, secure financial help from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
Dorian was diagnosed with skin cancer and Federico helped him get access to the fund after his presence at Ground Zero was disputed.
He was pictured in a video interview with NBC New York in 2018 saying: ‘I’m glad that Mike is now covered, but Mike still has cancer. I’m hoping that they can find a cure for that. That’s what I’m hopeful for.’
In that interview Federico said he was a cancer survivor and beat the disease after he was diagnosed with a tumor related to 9/11.
In 2019 alone there were at least 228 officer suicides nationally, according to Massachusetts-based nonprofit Blue H.E.L.P.
Within the NYPD 10 cops took their own lives, prompting the department to launch a new suicide prevention program.
Officials said 1,231 cops were referred for mental health assistance in 2018 in New York, and 109 were placed on restricted duty and lost their firearms.
Of that group, 80% wound up back on full duty with their guns.
According to Blue H.E.L.P. there were 228 officer deaths due to suicide in the United States in 2019; 172 in 2018; 168 in 2017; and 143 in 2016.
If you are a member of the NYPD in crisis or know someone who is, you can text “Blue” to 741741 for help.
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.