A third New York Police officer has been found dead of an apparent suicide this month, this time in Staten Island.
The NYPD officer, who has not been identified, was found behind the 121st Precinct in a locked car by an off-duty officer. The apparent suicide comes a week after two other NYPD officers took their own lives. The tragedies have prompted the department issue a statement to all officers, urging them to seek help if they are having any difficulties in their lives.
“We cannot hide from this incredibly important discussion. We must not pretend that these things don’t happen, or that such tragic deaths are somehow a fact of life. Importantly, we cannot sit idly by and just pray that they don’t happen again. We have to take action now. We have to discuss mental health,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said in a statement.