Veteran cop fights to address deficiencies within CPD’s mental health program


A veteran Chicago police officer is sharing her battle to address what she calls deficiencies in CPD’s mental health program amid a rash of department suicides.

Sara Hecker said she needed help and tried to do the right thing but got little in return.

Is the system broken?

Reporter Patrick Elwood shares one officer’s story in this WGN-TV Investigates report.

Watch the full report in the video player above.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, resources are available 24/7 on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website or by calling 988.

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