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Police departments confront 'epidemic' in officer suicides

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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2019 6:33 pm

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.

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