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Protect Yourself by Documenting Your Coronavirus Exposures

How will officers who are symptomatic of the coronavirus now be able to substantiate its impact on their health in the future?

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Chicago Officers Ordered to Work Despite Possible Exposure to COVID-19

Dr. Robert Murphy—executive director of the Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine—said the decision to tell people who have had direct exposure to a case of COVID-19 to keep coming to work is "wrong."

Maine Department Announces One Officer Tested Positive for COVID-19

The chief of police in Portland, ME, took to social media on Thursday evening to let residents know that one of his officers has tested positive for COVID-19—colloquially known as the coronavirus.

California Officer Tests Positive for COVID-19

An officer with the Merced (CA) Police Department has tested positive for COVID-19—the disease caused by the novel coronavirus—and has now been quarantined to their home in Madera.

Coronavirus: Officer Health, Staffing Shortages, and Enforcing the Shut-Downs

An increasing number of officers—at least two dozen in Washington, another two dozen in California, and several more in other states—have been ordered into quarantine.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resource Page for Law Enforcement

POLICE's coverage of the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic plus useful resources, all in one place.

South Carolina Department Announces Measures to Mitigate Officer Exposure to COVID-19

The Charleston (SC) Police Department announced on social media that it will change the way they interact with some members of the community to minimize officers' exposure to COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus).

Washington Department Closes 2 Substations Amid Virus Scare

The Bellevue (WA) Police Department has closed two substations to limit contact with the public amid the outbreak of COVID-19—also known as the coronavirus—in the Seattle area.

Ohio Chief Bans Load-Bearing Vests for Officers

The chief of police for the Toledo Police Department has banned officers from wearing load-bearing vests that have been credited by many with relieving back pain associated with wearing duty belts that carry an officer's duty gear.

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LAPD Needs More Money to Protect Officers from Communicable Diseases

In 2018 and 2019 a number of LAPD officers and city workers reported they'd been exposed to infectious diseases, including typhus, salmonella, and MRSA. Most of the reports were made at the Central Area police station in downtown LA.