LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is mourning the deaths of four of their own, following four unrelated suicides that occurred this Monday and Tuesday. The devastating incidents were reported by the Los Angeles Times.
In the wake of the unexpected tragedies, Sheriff Robert Luna has urged staff to maintain close contact with their colleagues and friends to check on their emotional health. In a statement released Tuesday, Luna said: “We are stunned to learn of these deaths, and it has sent shock waves of emotions throughout the department as we try and cope with the loss of not just one, but four beloved active and retired members of our department family.”
On Monday, the first three officers were found and a fourth officer was discovered on Tuesday morning, as reported by KTLA. Recognized by the Times as Cmdr. Darren Harris, a 25-year expert, and retired Sgt. Greg Hovland were two of the officers whose identities were disclosed. The remaining two have not been named.
Cristina Coria, a retired Santa Monica police officer, conversed with reporters and indicated that the suicides seem to be independent incidents. She pointed out the range of challenges officers can face including issues with identity, finances, relationships, and addictions. Coria emphasized the need for departments to step up their support for struggling officers.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which employs around 18,000 people, through its Psychological Services Bureau and the Injury and Health Support Unit, is ensuring assistance and resources are available for the bereaved families.
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