New York Daily News

Mar. 5, 2012


PBA: No need for cops to have mental-health checks

Lynch opposes proposed Albany measure

By Sarah Armaghan

Police officer and 9/11 first responder Alonzo Harris's discussed carcinogens found on his uniform during a press conference on Sunday. Photo by Kevin Hagen for New York Daily News
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Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Patrick J. Lynch.

The PBA doesn't think cops need to have their heads examined.

In the aftermath of the police-involved shooting death of Bronx teen Ramarley Graham, Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson has introduced legislation that would require cops who regularly patrol the streets to have mental health evaluations every three years.

But Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said there is "absolutely no evidence" to support the need for such a bill.

"NYC police officers are among the best trained and most restrained in the use of force in the country and are rigorously screened and supervised," Lynch said.

The NYPD did not immediately return requests for comment.