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Another Uruguayan policeman commits suicide

Montevideo, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Another Uruguayan policeman took his own life, making a total of 13 who committed suicide this year, which seems to confirm today what they qualify as a silent epidemic in the police force.

The Sindicato de Policías Agremiados de Canelones released the news about the death of the 23 year old officer, who was serving in the 6th police station in Montevideo.

Uruguay has a high suicide rate, but the police suicide one is three times the national rate, reported Radio Sarandí based on data provided by the Ministry of Interior.

In 2022, 21 police officers committed suicide. A higher figure than in 2021, when 16 uniformed officers were killed.

Unions of the guild demand prevention policies and mental health care, which are renewed in each mournful episode.