It is with great sadness to report that another New York Police Department officer was found dead in a possible suicide on Staten Island, police said.
The officer is the fifth member of the NYPD to commit suicide since early June, according to NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan.
The officer’s colleagues found him dead in his Staten Island home around 2 p.m., law enforcement sources told Fox News. They were concerned when he didn’t show up for work and had gone to check on him.
The NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association tweeted that a sergeant had committed suicide.
Once again terrible news. Tonight the NYPD lost a sergeant to suicide. We ask that everyone pray for his family, friends and Co-workers. The NYPD continues to go through a difficult time. We know you won’t call the Dept if you need help please call the SBA please! 🙏➕👮♀️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/e473M5MuWK
— SBA (@SBANYPD) July 27, 2019
The NYPD Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information released a statement encouraging officers to seek help if they’re struggling:
“The tragic news today that another member of the NYPD has been lost to suicide breaks our hearts, and is a deep sorrow felt by all of New York City. To every member of the NYPD, please know this: it is okay to feel vulnerable. It is okay if you are facing struggles. And it is okay to seek help from others.”
“You may not know this, and it may be hard to imagine, but you are not out there all by yourself. More people than you know, who wear the same uniform as you do, share the same doubts and fears and struggles that you do. Seeking help is strength. Talking about your problems is strength. Acknowledging you need a place to turn is strength. There is no shame here — only a promise to provide you with the help and support you need and deserve.”
The NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association tweeted that the officer was a sergeant, but did not give any other details.
“The NYPD mourns the loss of one of NY’s Finest who died by suicide today,” Monahan tweeted. “We must continue to stand together, look out for one another & support our fellow cops during this tragedy. Help is always available—within the department or on the outside. You’re never alone.”
According to Blue H.E.L.P., a non-profit organization that tracks law enforcement suicides, at least 106 police officers have killed themselves in 2019. The same organization recorded 167 verified officer suicides in 2018 and 169 in 2017.
So damn tragic.
This makes my blood boil. These men and women dedicate their lives to protect citizens but get teated like shit.