[Editor’s note: This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).]
The Commissioner of the country's largest police force said the department has a "crisis" on its hands after three officers killed in 10 days.
New York police commissioner James O & # 39; Neill described the situation Friday as a "mental health crisis" and said that law enforcement as a whole should take action. "
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His remarks followed the death of Officer Michael Caddy, 29. The officer killed around 1
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Deputy Director Steven Silks, a 39-year-old NYPD veteran, described by O & # 39; Neill as "one of the most competent and reliable police that this profession ever seen, "was found dead in Queens on June 5 from a self-inflicted shot wound.
The following day, the body of detective Joseph Calabrese, 58, was found in Brooklyn. Department Manager Terence Monahan said Calabrese "kept New Yorkers safe for almost four decades."
The suicides the police officer said, "cannot continue."
"Cops spend so much of their days helping others. But before we can help the people we serve, it is vital that we first help ourselves," he said, calling on those who might need help to seek mental help. "Accepting help is never a sign of weakness. It is actually a sign of great strength."
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Mayor Bill de Blasio shared similar feelings and invited members of the NYPD & # 39; to "reach out" for help in times of need.
According to Blue HELP, a non-profit organization tracking suicide crimes, at least 91 police officers have died in 2019. During 2019, the last decade, 48 NYPD officers committed suicide, The New York Times reported.