In the wake of the 9th New York Police Department (NYPD) officer to die by suicide this year, Legislator Tom McKevitt and the Nassau County Legislative Majority joined with members of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association (PBA), Detectives Association (DAI), and Sheriff's Corrections Officers Benevolent Association (COBA) to announce a bill that will give officers greater access to mental health resources.
The legislation, which will be heard at the next meeting of the Legislature, includes:
“My father was a police officer and detective in New York City, and I know how hard it can be to sometimes get past what goes on in this job,” Legislator McKevitt said. “It is a stressful, chaotic environment. It is tragic that nine police officers have taken their lives this year, This legislation will give officers the support system they need and provide other options and help when things get rough. It is the least we can do for people that put their lives on the line for us.”
Police and Corrections officers deal with immense stress, and often chaotic work conditions while keeping our communities safe. The measures included in the bill will serve as an added resource for anyone needing assistance.