An off-duty NYPD sergeant was the tenth member of New York City’s police force to commit suicide this year–the twelfth if you count retired officers.
The sergeant, who was not named by CBS, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday night in his home. His wife was reportedly home when the shooting occurred.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill has called the situation a “mental health crisis in the NYPD.” Before this year, 4 to 5 officers committed suicide per year.
Around the country, police officer suicides are also on the rise. One study showed that police officers nationwide were 30% more likely to commit suicide than the general public.
Police departments are offering more ways for officers to get help when they struggle with depression and mental health, including anonymous ways to seek help.
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