We were hoping that this suicide spree had ended, but unfortunately a fifth NYPD cop has ended his life in the last two months:
A fifth NYPD officer has died by suicide in the last two months, escalating a recent crisis that has caused all levels of police leadership to speak out on the need for cops to look after their mental health and that of their colleagues.
The officer died Saturday afternoon on Staten Island, officials confirmed. The Sergeants Benevolent Association tweeted that the late officer was a sergeant, but beyond that details were not immediately available.
Just horrible. Here’s the list of NYPD suicides in the last two months:
This most recent officer’s death follows the June 5 suicide of Deputy Chief Steven Silks, the June 6 death of Det. Joseph Calabrese, the June 14 death of 29-year-old Officer Michael Caddy at the 121st Precinct in Staten Island and the June 27 death of Officer Kevin Preiss at his Long Island home.
Last month, after the deaths of Silks and Calabrese a day apart, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill spoke exclusively with News 4 about the need for cops to seek help if they find themselves contemplating taking their own lives.
Let’s hope that’s the last one. I’m sure it doesn’t help that cops feel like De Blasio is more on the side of the Black Lives Matter cop-haters than on their side….