PC Andy Cheney, aged 34, took the fatal decision to end his life on the morning of 25th April 2014.
While no further details known, a spokesman for Kent Police has confirmed that they are supporting Sussex police with their enquiries.
With echoes of the tragic suicide of Sussex Detective Chief Inspector Jim Torbet in 2009, who hung himself from his loft hatch in Peacehaven, East Sussex, after being arrested for shop-lifting bottles of wine with his lover, Sussex Chief Inspector Sharon Rowe, the question must be asked, why are our police officers taking their own lives?
At his inquest the issue of dealing with the pressures of major criminal investigations, was highlighted as a contributing factor in the detective’s decision to hang himself.
As reported in yesterday’s Getting Ready for 2015 blog, “Surrey Police rescue Sussex Police;” Surrey Police have joined forces with Sussex Police to ensure major criminal investigations are conducted with competence and professionalism.
Read more: Surrey Police rescue Sussex Police.
Could be it construed that the pressures of having to work under the incompetence of Sussex Police forced Jim Torbet to end his life and equally, can it also be construed that PC Andy Cheney took his own life due to the pressures of serving in today’s police force?
Regrettably the answer is yes.
With my condolences to PC Cheney’s family and friends, and equally to the family and friends of every police officer who takes their own life, or has their life taken in the line of duty, the question must be asked:
Is Police Corruption so bad in the UK Police that officers are killing themselves?