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Even before this year’s shocking number of officer suicides, the Department of Investigation (DOI) says it knew that mental health was an issue it needed to address.

"The tragedies of this calendar year really just presented a heightened urgency," said DOI Commissioner Margaret Garnett.

The DOI has released a new report that was two years in the making. It found that cops currently on patrol and those who have retired need more services and safe guards.

There's concerns those dealing with job and emotional stress, deaths in their families or substance abuse may not be getting the help they need.

"Roughly a quarter of the respondents said that while they were serving on active duty in the department that they had an incident that caused them a significant amount of mental health strain," said Garnett.

Only a third of those individuals actually reported seeking any assistance. 174 officers who retired in 2016 were surveyed.
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