NYPD: 3rd officer commits suicide in less than 2 weeksPosted: Updated:
STATEN ISLAND -
An officer has committed suicide for the third time in less than 10 days, according to the NYPD.
The 29-year-old officer with six years on the job was found around 3:50 p.m. Friday outside the Staten Island precinct where he worked, according to NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.
Two other officers died in suspected suicides within 24 hours of each other last week. Deputy Chief Steven Silks was found dead in a police vehicle in Queens on June 5, and Detective Joseph Calabrese was found the next day at a Brooklyn beach.
Police say all three officers died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
O'Neill's statement said in part: "This is a mental-health crisis. And we -- the NYPD and the law enforcement profession as a whole -- absolutely must take action. This cannot be allowed to continue....Accepting help is never a sign of weakness--in fact, it's a sign of great strength."
Mayor Bill de Blasio also released a statement that said in part: "I want every member of the NYPD to know: your city is here for you. You are not alone. Help is here. Reach out. We are working with the Police Department to continue to put resources front and center, and that our officers have every possible support."
Anyone who needs help or knows someone who needs help, can find resources here.