Since crisis began, 16 police officers have taken own lives

Sixteen policemen have committed suicide in Greece since the start of the economic crisis in 2010 and five of those have killed themselves this year, Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias informed Parliament on Tuesday.

Dendias was responding to a question from SYRIZA MPs in the wake of a policeman in Hania, Crete, shooting himself with his service revolver last month. The lawmakers suggested that the regularity of suicides may be lined to the pay reductions they have suffered over the past three years and the extra pressure brought on by spending cuts.

In his response, Dendias said that “there is no one, absolute factor” that causes people to commit suicide. However, the minister said that since October 2012, a special psychological support scheme has been available to police officers who need help. It involves psychologists visiting precincts around the country.

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