A New York City police officer has killed himself at his home on Long Island, New York police said Thursday. What a sad loss!
Kevin Preiss, 53, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a family gathering in his Hicksville, New York, home on Wednesday night, CNN reported.
Officials said the 24-year NYPD veteran worked the midnight shift at the 50th Precinct in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. He was on vacation at the time and due back to work on Sunday, they said. He leaves behind a wife and three children.
The latest death is the fourth officer suicide this month in what the city’s top cop has called a “mental-health crisis.”
On June 7, Commissioner James O’Neill had revealed that two members of the New York Police Department (NYPD), died by suicide within the course of 24 hours.
According to Nypost, Steven Silks, the revered deputy chief of Queens North shot himself in the head in an unmarked patrol car on June 5. He was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital but he died.
On June 6, veteran homicide Detective Joe Calabrese, 58, was found in Brooklyn’s Plumb Beach of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
On June 14, Officer Mike Caddy, 29, was found inside a vehicle on Wilcox Street behind the 121st Precinct station house with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Caddy, a domestic violence officer, had seven years on the job.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) offers services with the Employee Assistance Unit and the Chaplains Unit and also encourages the use of Police Officers Providing Peer Assistance. In a statement released earlier this month, Police Commissioner, James P. O’Neill, said:
“Seeking help is never a sign of weakness — it’s a sign of great strength. Trained members will listen and connect you with even more help, around the clock. I implore you to seek out — or to help others find — the assistance that is so readily available to us all. “Thank you for what you do every day and, please, always stay safe.” Read more through this link
This is a mental-health crisis. And the NYPD & the law enforcement profession as a whole absolutely must take action. We must take care of each other; we must address this issue — now. Please take my statement below to heart & help yourself, your loved ones, & your colleagues. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/urHuzIiiFb
— Commissioner O'Neill (@NYPDONeill) June 15, 2019