Commissioner to NYPD: “We will, without a doubt, suffer” during coronavirus outbreak

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NYPD Chief Dermot Shea holds a press conference on Feb. 15, 2020.Yana Paskova / Getty Images file

The head of the largest police force in the world says they will “suffer” as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but tells his cops “we will stand with you” in an internal memorandum reviewed exclusively by NBC News and transmitted to all NYPD officers and staff this afternoon.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea sent the 4 page memo to the approximately 36,000 officers and 19,000 civilian members of New York’s Finest telling them that starting tomorrow they should expect staggered schedules and for non-essential civilian employees to work from home. Shea says, “we will, without a doubt suffer.”

He says, “many members may become ill” and that officers should expect to work extra hours on their shifts and that some duties will change. He vowed that personal protective equipment will be available for members of the Department who are on the “front lines.”

On Saturday a school safety officer working in the New York City borough of Queens tested positive for coronavirus, which marked the first case of a NYPD employee testing positive for the virus. The school safety officer was believed to be exposed through her husband who also had the virus. In Shea’s memo he says that 30 employees are currently self-quarantined, “out of an abundance of caution, based on consultation with the Medical Division.” 

Source : NBC News

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