A newly promoted NYPD officer has taken his own life and marked the seventh police suicide in New York City this year.
The man, whose name has not yet been made public, was found dead Saturday afternoon in his house on Staten Island.
The former transport agent, who had just been promoted to sergeant, is said to have committed suicide with a shotgun. He was not employed at the time.
The NYPD is struggling with a peak in the suicide rate of its officers – with five agents who have taken their own lives since the beginning of June.
In a statement that was shared at the end of Saturday, police commissioner James P. O & # 39; Neill: & # 39; Today's tragic news that another member of the NYPD has been lost as a result of suicide breaks our hearts and has felt deep sorrow throughout New York City & # 39; .
A newly promoted NYPD officer has taken his own life and marked the seventh police suicide in New York City this year
Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio also shared his grief about the news and urged officers who were struggling with their mental health to give their opinion.
& # 39; These tragedies cannot continue. We can no longer lose our officers. We cannot keep parents, spouses, and children at home waiting for loved ones who will not return, & he said.
The tragic news comes after Officer Kevin Preiss, 53, a veteran agent assigned to the Bronx, was found dead at his home on Long Island with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on June 26.
Kevin Preiss was a veteran agent assigned to the Bronx (pictured sitting in the middle front with fellow members of his department). He was found dead in his home on Long Island on June 26
Police officer Michael Caddy, 29, died on June 14 after shooting himself in the head parked in a car on a Staten Island street, behind the 121st district. An out of service officer discovered him.
Deputy Chief Steven Silks, 62, was found dead in a police vehicle in Queens on June 5, a month before his mandatory retirement and after spending 38 years with the police.
The next day NYPD officers found the body of missing detective, Joseph Calabrese, 58, on a beach in Brooklyn. He had been in battle for 37 years.
The police say that both died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head.
Two officers died in suspected suicides within 24 hours of each other last week. Deputy chief Steven Silks (left) was found dead on June 5 in a police vehicle in Queens. Detective Joseph Calabrese (right) was found the next day on a beach in Brooklyn
The suicides have stunned the largest police force in the country, so police leadership has spoken out about a crisis in mental health care.
Michael Caddy, 29, a six-year-old veteran of the Force, shot himself on the head on June 14
Commissioner O & # 39; Neill issued a statement on June 14 in which he recalled the officers who had taken their lives and called on the department to end the crisis together & # 39 ;.
& # 39; This is a psychological crisis, & # 39; he said in the statement. & # 39; And we – the NYPD and the profession of law enforcement as a whole – must take absolute action. This cannot be allowed to continue.
& # 39; Agents spend so many of their days helping others. But before we can help the people we serve, we must first help ourselves. & # 39;
O & # 39; Neil advocated officers and NYPD personnel to seek help when needed – and that searching for it is not a sign of weakness but of & # 39; great strength & # 39 ;.
The suicides of the NYPD officers come in the midst of a rising national trend: at least 167 officers died of suicide in 2018. One hundred officers have taken their lives so far in 2019, according to Blue HELP, a Massachusetts-based organization dedicated to the prevention of suicide by the police.
For confidential support in the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or click here.
For confidential support in suicide cases in the UK, call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritan branch or click here.
For confidential support in Australia, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or click here.
The suicides have bewildered the country's largest police force, so police leadership has spoken out about a mental health crisis
Police Commissioner James P. O & # 39; Neill issued a statement on June 14 reminding the officers who had lost their lives and claimed that the & # 39; department should end the crisis together & # 39;
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