In the wake of the 9th New York Police Department (NYPD) officer to die by suicide this year, Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello 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:
“Our police and corrections officers and residents serving as officers in other municipalities protect our communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Nassau County must provide them with the resources and support they may require,” Presiding Officer Nicolello said. “The creation of this agency within the NCPD and the enhanced use of technology will ensure that our police department will continue to be a national model.
Police and Corrections officers deal with immense stress, and often chaotic work conditions while keeping our communities safe. While Nassau County has not seen in an increase of officers who die by suicide, the measures included in the bill will serve as an added resource for officers needing assistance.