Chicago PD faces stark number of officer deaths by suicide
Police union representatives believe heavy workloads, canceled days off, and an anti-police climate are contributing factors to officers’ mental health concerns
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By Ashley Silver
CHICAGO — Three Chicago police officers died by suicide in the past week, bringing the total number of suicides this year within the Chicago Police Department to seven, according to WTTW News.
Police union representatives believe heavy workloads, canceled days off and an anti-police climate are contributing factors to officers’ mental health concerns.
Robert Sobo, director of the Professional Counseling Division and Employee Assistance Program for the Chicago Police Department, and Alisha Warren, assistant commissioner of mental health for the Chicago Department of Public Health, spoke on “Chicago Tonight” to detail the challenges police officers are facing, which can weigh substantially on their mental health and available resources to help.