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Police departments confront 'epidemic' in officer suicides


August 16, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — A rash of suicides by police officers has shaken the New York Police Department, leading the commissioner to declare a mental health emergency and highlighting the problem of untreated depression among law enforcement officers nationwide.

On Wednesday, Robert Echeverría, 56, became the ninth NYPD officer to take his own life this year. His death came a day after another officer, Johnny Rios, 35, killed himself.

The deaths have come despite the department's mounting efforts to encourage officers to seek help for depression and other mental health problems. After two office...

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