NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A 35-year-old cop died early Tuesday morning, marking the eighth suicide of the NYPD this year and the sixth since June.
The seven-year-old veteran of the force was on duty when he was shot in the head at his home in Yonkers at 3:30 p.m.
Reports indicate that the officer left a note and his fiancee was home at that time.
The name of the officer has not been released.
NYPD Department Chief Terrence Monahan tells WNYC that they take this seriously.
"We see if there is a contagion, this is something that psychologists and psychiatrists talk about when you happen to be more," he said. "We have had an average of four to five suicides in the last few years; we have eight suicides this year. This is a very large number.
Monahan said the NYPD was looking for some general information.
"We will look into any suicide," said Monahan. "There are job stresses compounded by the stresses you have in your personal life and compounded by the fact that you have a firearm on your hips," Monahan said.
Last month, Monahan and other police officers spoke publicly about the services and services offered. He urges all police officers with gloomy thoughts to seek help.
"It is good to come and ask for help, to come out, if you have a problem in your life, it is good to come ask us or even go outside an agency. Get help if you feel this bleak moment, seek help, "Monahan told WNYC." It is truly devastating to see that this continues. "
Commissioner James O & # 39; Neal insisted on seeking help is a sign of strength.
In an effort to stop suicides in New Jersey, plans were announced last week to train a Sustainability Officer in each department.
The following are available to assisted employees. Resources:
- Employee Assistance Department: 646-61
- Chaplains Department: 212-473-2363  POPPA (NYPD Independent): 888-267-7267
- NYC WELL: Text, Call and Chat www.nyc.gov/nycwell Photos19659015 DischargedLifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)  Crisis text line: Law enforcement officers can send BLUE text to 741741 (non-law enforcement can send TALK text to 741741)
- Emergency Call 911