August 13, 2020

High-ranking CPD officer dies by suicide inside West Side police facility

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CHICAGO — A deputy chief with the Chicago Police Department died of an apparent suicide inside a West Side CPD facility where his body was discovered Tuesday morning, officials said.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said 57-year-old Deputy Chief Dion Boyd, a 30-year veteran of the department and member of his command staff, died by suicide.

“We are shocked, saddened with the loss, and it’s deeply felt by me and the many colleagues and friends with whom Deputy Chief Dion Boyd worked and mentored throughout his career,” Brown said.

Sources tell WGN Boyd apparently died inside his office in the Homan Square police facility on the 1110 block of South Homan Avenue sometime Monday night, and his body was discovered by his secretary Tuesday morning.

Emergency officials responded to the facility around 9 a.m Tuesday. Hours later, a large procession of police officers and other first responders escorted Boyd’s body to the medical examiner’s office.

Dion Boyd speaks at an event marking the anniversary of the on-duty death of CPD Officer Samuel Jimenez

Boyd spent 30 years with CPD, previously working as commander of area one and the second district. He had just been promoted to deputy chief of criminal networks, what many in the department consider the narcotics division, less than two weeks ago.

While is not known what may have led to suicide, Brown begged officers to seek help if they need it. Boyd is the second officer to die by suicide this year, and 10 officers CPD including Deputy Chief Dion Boyd have died by suicide since 2018.

As of June, there are at least 11 clinical therapists on staff to work with officers and prevent suicides, bringing the department into compliance with Department of Justice guidance after a 2017 report found there were only three.

“The job of a Chicago police officer is not easy, particularly in a time when there is intensified stress,” Brown said. “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.”

Boyd leaves behind two sons and a host of colleagues who are at a loss after his death. 

RESOURCES:

If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit them online.

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