STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – A sergeant with the New York City Police Department was found dead inside his Staten Island home on Saturday.

Police are saying that the officer’s death appeared to be a suicide.

The New York Post reported that the veteran officer had been found at his residence with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at around 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

The sergeant serves as a transit cop in Brooklyn and was off-duty at the time of his death. When he didn’t show up for his shift, his coworkers became concerned. They dispatched over to his Staten Island home and in the early afternoon, where they discovered the tragic scene inside the Richmondtown residence.

 

Authorities say that the officer was 30-years-old, having served on the force for eight years.

The off-duty sergeant becomes the fifth NYPD officer to take his own life just this summer alone, and the seventh within the department so far this year.

“We have to figure out how to save our own lives.”

The NYPD addressed the painful situation on Saturday afternoon.

“The tragic news today that another member of the NYPD has been lost to suicide breaks our hearts, and is a deep sorrow felt by all of New York City,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said.

“To every member of the NYPD, please know this: it is okay to feel vulnerable. It is okay if you are facing struggles,” he said. “And it is okay to seek help from others. You may not know this, and it may be hard to imagine, but you are not out there all by yourself.”

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Over 100 members of the law enforcement community have taken their own lives this year. 

Department Chief Terrence Monahan commented on the tragedies inside the Blue Family.

“We’re looking at what we can do as an agency. How we can handle this better. How we can help out people. Cops run out day in and day out and save people’s lives that they don’t know. We have to figure out how to save our own lives.”

 

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a statement following the announcement of the officer’s death.

“I want to say as loudly and clearly as I can: it is okay to ask for help. If you or a loved one is in need: ask. Your whole city stands in support of you ready to answer the call,” de Blasio’s statement read.

Our brothers and sisters are in pain… and we need to do something to address the problem before it’s allowed to continue. No one fights alone.

 

The NYPD has suggested that anyone suffering reach out to Police Officers Providing Peer Assistance (POPPA) or the Employee Assistance Unit and the Chaplains Unit. Officers usually feel as though they cannot contact their own department in a time of crisis due to career backlash, shame and stigma behind it. 

The SBA has urged officers in pain to reach out directly to them in order to get help but remain anonymous.

 

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