NYPD in Crisis: Tragic Rash of Police Suicides in 2019 - NBC New York

Officers are dying by suicide. A look at the escalating mental health crisis within the NYPD

Aug 15, 2019

Timeline: The NYPD's Ongoing Suicide Crisis

Timeline: The NYPD's Ongoing Suicide Crisis

The NYPD is confronting a crisis, with nine suicides so far in 2019, including seven since the start of June. (The department historically averages four to five a year.)

Aug 15, 2019

7th NYPD Officer Dies by Suicide in 10 Weeks, Was Career Cop

7th NYPD Officer Dies by Suicide in 10 Weeks, Was Career Cop

In another tragedy for the NYPD, a veteran police officer died by suicide in his Queens home Wednesday evening, police said — the seventh member of the force to do so in the last 10 weeks and the second in just...

Aug 15, 2019

Sixth NYPD Officer Dies by Suicide in the Last Two Months

Sixth NYPD Officer Dies by Suicide in the Last Two Months

A sixth NYPD officer has died by suicide in the last two months, escalating a recent crisis that has caused all levels of police leadership to speak out on the need for cops to look after their mental health and...

Aug 15, 2019

Fifth NYPD Officer Dies by Suicide in the Last Two Months

Fifth NYPD Officer Dies by Suicide in the Last Two Months

A fifth NYPD officer has died by suicide in the last two months, escalating a recent crisis that has caused all levels of police leadership to speak out on the need for cops to look after their mental health and...

Jul 26, 2019

Stigma On Seeking Help Hurts NYPD Suicide Prevention Efforts

Stigma On Seeking Help Hurts NYPD Suicide Prevention Efforts

Fear of ending one's career is the main reason officers don’t come forward with issues of mental health, which the NYPD Commissioner has acknowledged

Jun 27, 2019

Fourth NYPD Officer Dies by Suicide in the Last Three Weeks

Fourth NYPD Officer Dies by Suicide in the Last Three Weeks

A fourth NYPD officer has died by suicide in the last three weeks, escalating a recent crisis that has caused all levels of police leadership to speak out on the need for cops to look after their mental...

Jun 14, 2019

NYPD Officer Takes Own Life Outside Staten Island Precinct

NYPD Officer Takes Own Life Outside Staten Island Precinct

An NYPD officer died after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot to the head outside a Staten Island stationhouse on Friday

Jun 8, 2019

NYC's Top Cop Speaks on Mental Health After NYPD Suicides

NYC's Top Cop Speaks on Mental Health After NYPD Suicides

New York City's top cop is asking members of the NYPD to seek help if they need it in the wake of the suicides of two officers in less than 24 hours.

Jun 7, 2019

Missing NYPD Homicide Detective Found Dead by Suicide

Missing NYPD Homicide Detective Found Dead by Suicide

A missing NYPD homicide detective has been found dead in an apparent suicide, according to law enforcement

Jun 6, 2019

NYPD Deputy Chief With 38 Years of Service Takes Own Life

NYPD Deputy Chief With 38 Years of Service Takes Own Life

A well-known, well-respected NYPD deputy chief took his own life Wednesday after spending nearly four decades serving New York City

About the Crisis

The NYPD is facing an escalating crisis, with nine officers dying by suicide so far in 2019, seven of them since the start of June. Two took their lives in just a two-day span. The NYPD has said it typically averages four to five officer suicides a year.

The series of recent tragedies has prompted all levels of police leadership to speak out on the need for cops to look after their mental health -- and that of their colleagues.

'The Debrief' Podcast

Reporter Pei-Sze Cheng tells David Ushery how stigma within the NYPD, and fear of repercussions, is stopping cops with mental health problems from coming forward -- even as the force faces a suicide crisis. Listen to it here.

Two New York police officers are found dead by suicide in 24 hours in June. In an extra edition of The Debrief, David Ushery sits down with NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill as his organization reacts to the tragic news. Listen to it here.

Where to Get Help

If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting 'Home' to 741741.