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NYPD to Evaluate Troubled Cops

September 8, 1994

NEW YORK (AP) _ Shaken by the suicide of two troubled cops in one day, the police department ordered psychological examinations for about 200 officers suspected of wrongdoing.

″We want to call in the other officers to see where they are emotionally,″ Dr. Eloise Archibald, the department’s director of psychological services, said Wednesday.

All the officers have been stripped of their badges and guns and given desk jobs pending the outcome of either criminal or administrative investigations of a variety of offenses.

The group includes 10 officers from one precinct embroiled in a corruption scandal. An 11th officer targeted in that investigation, Steven Laski, killed himself Tuesday by firing a .22-caliber rifle into his mouth as he sat behind the wheel of a car.

Hours later, the body of Dirk Kaiser, a rookie charged with drunken driving, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

They were the ninth and 10th officers to kill themselves this year, equalling the annual record set in 1987.

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