A deputy police chief in Chicago was found dead July 28 in an apparent suicide, according to law enforcement officials.
"There is really no way to convey the magnitude of this loss," Superintendent David Brown said at a press conference at which Boyd was commemorated, as cited by the Chicago Sun-Times.
The review noted also that "more officers die of suicides than in the line of duty."
Boyd, who served with the department for nearly three decades in roles that included tactical officer, undercover officer, and homicide detective was a "respected command staff member," Brown added. The criminal networks department he was promoted to deals with investigations into narcotics and gang activity.
“Many lives will be forever changed from this moment on,” Brown said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “And Deputy Chief Boyd’s presence will be greatly missed. I ask you to keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.”
“The job of a Chicago police officer is not easy, particularly in a time where there is intensified stress,” Brown said at the press conference. “Every day, life can seem insurmountable at times for anyone. But for police officers, the stakes are even higher due to the tireless work they do to safeguard others.”
He said there's "no shame in reaching out for help," and urged staff members who may be feeling overwhelmed to seek professional assistance.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot expressed her condolences on Twitter, in which she also called on members of the force who are struggling with issues to seek counseling.
“We are truly at a loss of words by the death of Deputy Chief of Criminal Networks Dion Boyd,” she wrote.
“This devastating loss will not only be felt at every level of this Department, but in the countless communities and homes Deputy Chief Boyd touched during his decades-long service to our city.
“To every officer, we want you to know that you are deserving of help and healing, and no one needs to struggle alone. This City has a fundamental obligation to support each of you, and over the coming weeks, we will be taking steps to bolster our support network so that every first responder understands that help is available.”