[Editor’s note: This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).]
The commissioner of the largest police in the country said the department had a "crisis" in their hands after three policemen killed themselves within 10 days.
New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill described the situation on Friday as a "mental health crisis" and said law enforcement as a whole must "take action."
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His remarks followed the death of Officer Michael Caddy, 29. The officer was killed at around 1
Caddy, a six-year veteran of the force, used a gun to shoot himself in a car, the Daily News reported, divorcing and leaving behind his wife and a small child.
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Deputy Chief Steven Silks, 39-year-old NYPD veteran who was described by O'Neil as "one of the most capable and reliable." Most police officers that this profession has ever seen "was found dead in Queens on June 5.
The following day The body of 58-year-old detective Joseph Calabrese was found in Brooklyn. Department head Terence Monahan said Calabrese had "brought the New Yorkers to safety for almost four decades."
The suicides, according to the police commissioner, "may not continue." But before we can help the people we serve, it is imperative that we first help ourselves, "he said, calling on those who may need help seeking psychological help." Accepting help is never a sign of weakness – indeed a sign of great strength. "
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Mayor Bill de Blasio shared similar sentiments and urged members of the NYPD to enter Emergency Help "Claiming Help."
According to Blue HELP, a non-profit organization that tracks down suicides in law enforcement agencies, at least 91 police officers have killed themselves in 2019. Over the last decade, 48 NYPD officers have committed suicide, the New York Times reported.