A non-office duty officer has committed suicide on Long Island and has become the fourth police officer to risk his own life in the last three weeks.
The veteran assigned to the Bronx shot himself at his home in Hicksville, Nassau County, and left behind a wife and several children, police told News 4 on Thursday.
The name of the 53-year-old officer is expected to be released later in the day.
The victim is the fourth New York agent who commits suicide this month and the sixth agent who commits suicide this year, officials said.
Frank Dowling, a psychiatrist and medical adviser to POPPA – a confidential, non-profit assistance program for NYPD officers – tweeted the news of the fourth suicide agent on Thursday
Two officers died in suspicious suicides within 24 hours of each other last week. Deputy leader Steven Silks (left) was found dead in a police vehicle in Queens on June 5. Detective Joseph Calabrese (right) was found the next day on a beach in Brooklyn
Michael Caddy, 29, a six-year-old veteran of the force, shot himself in the head on June 14
On June 14, police officer Michael Caddy, 29, died after shooting himself in the head parked in a car on a street in Staten Island, behind the 121st district. An out of service officer has discovered him.
Deputy leader Steven Silks, 62, was found dead in a police vehicle in Queens on June 5, a month before his mandatory retirement and after 38 years of working in the force.
The next day NYPD officers found the corpse of the missing detective, Joseph Calabrese, 58, on a beach in Brooklyn. He had been on the force for 37 years.
According to the police, both died of gunshot wounds inflicted on the head.
The suicides have stunned the nation's largest police department, causing police leaders to express a mental health crisis.
Police Commissioner James P. O & # 39; Neill issued a statement on June 14 in which he recalled the officers who had wanted their lives and called the ward to end the crisis together & # 39 ;.
& # 39; This is a mental health crisis & # 39 ;, he said in the statement. & # 39; And we – the NYPD and the law enforcement profession as a whole – must take action. This cannot be continued.
& # 39; Cops spend so much of their days helping others. But before we can help the people we help, it is necessary that we help ourselves first. & # 39;
Police Commissioner James P. O & # 39; Neill released a statement on June 14 in which he reminded the officers who had conducted their lives and claimed that the & # 39; department should end the crisis together & # 39;
Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on 14 June that New York mourned the third officer who had taken his own life
O & # 39; Neil argued for 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 ;.
& # 39; Today our city is in mourning for the loss of another officer who left too quickly & # 39 ;, said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a tweet on June 14.
& # 39; Three brave members of our police have taken their lives in recent days. They all led lives that made their community better. All their lives had meaning. & # 39;
Twice in response to the latest suicide, Frank Dowling, a psychiatrist and POPPA medical adviser – a confidential, non-profit assistance program for NYPD officers – called on officers to seek help.
Michael Caddy's funeral took place on June 19 in St. Ann & # 39; s R.C. Church, 101 Cromwell Ave. in Dongan Hills
A photographer on the scene on June 6 for DailyMail.com took photos of authorities searching the area around the water in the Plumb Beach resting area in Brooklyn for detective Joseph Calabrese, whose body was later found there
& # 39; Fourth NYPD suicide in a very short time. NYPD officers – look in the mirror – look closely at your colleague. Consult a 1085 or 1013 – ask for help. Ask your partner, are you okay? Tell them to get help. POPPA. Confidential. Career saving. Family saving. Life saving. @poppanyc, & # 39; Dowling tweeted on Thursday at 7:40 AM.
Caddy, 29, a six-year veteran of the force, used a gun to shoot himself in a car, the New York Daily News reported.
He went through a divorce and left behind his wife and a young child.
Caddy was instructed to work on cases of domestic violence.
Detective Joseph Calabrese did not report to work and his car was spotted around 3 o'clock near Plumb Beach, near the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn
At least 100 people, both in uniform and in normal clothing, are searching the area around the water on Plumb Beach in Brooklyn on June 6
Detective Calabrese, 58, was last heard on June 6 after leaving his wife in a hospital where she recovered from a minor intervention, the New York Post reported.
Calabrese did not report to work and his black Cadillac sedan was spotted around 3 o'clock near Plumb Beach, near the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn.
A local photographer captured images of at least 100 people, both in uniform and in normal clothing, who searched the area around the water directly in the Plumb Beach rest area in Brooklyn.
The massive search continued throughout Thursday afternoon, since it was more than 14 hours since Calabrese was last heard before his body was found.
The 37-year-old veteran of the force was near where his car was.
Calabrese, who joined the NYPD in 1982, was assigned to the murder center in Brooklyn South. He also served as chairman for the board of trustees for the DEA.
The suicides of the NYPD officers come in the midst of a rising national trend: in 2018 at least 167 officers died of suicide. One hundred officers have taken their lives in 2019 so far, according to Blue HELP, a Massachusetts-based organization dedicated to preventing police suicides.
For confidential support in the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or click here.
For confidential support of 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 you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or click here.
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