Katrina Taking A Toll

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The stress and strain from Hurricane Katrina aren't just taking an emotional toll on civilians. Police are also feeling the effects.

The deputy police chief in New Orleans says two of his officers have committed suicide.

One of them, Sergeant Paul Accardo, was the department's spokesman.

Deputy Chief W.J. Riley calls the two dead men "outstanding cops" and friends. Riley also says a number of police officers have turned in their badges.

He didn't release an exact number, but published reports say as many as 200 officers have failed to report for duty, including some resignations. Riley says some officers may be missing because they've been trapped at home and been unable to reach their command centers.

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