(PM) – An off duty New York Police Department officer was found in Queens, New York, with a self-inflicting gunshot wound on Wednesday evening.
The police officer has not yet been identified.
This is the 7th time a New York police officer died from suicide since June and the 2nd this week. This year, nine NYPD officers in total have died from suicide.
The suicides have prompted Police Commissioner O’Neill and Chief of Department Monahan to consider putting peer counselors and clinicians in every precinct, according to ABC7.
On Tuesday, Monahan stated: “We are also making a lot of changes within the organization itself. We are looking to get peer counselors so cops at each level. If you are in crisis you can go talk to someone at your level that will have the training. We are working with Thrive to get these cops training, we just put it out. We are getting a lot of volunteers. We are looking to hire a lot more counselors.”