Buffalo Police navigate coronavirus cases and concern

Four officers have coronavirus

Tom Puckett
March 26, 2020 - 4:00 am

    Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Social distancing and working from home have rapidly become commonplace for most job classifications amidst the coronavirus outbreak.  But it's just not that easy for some jobs.

    Law enforcement, for example, is a particular challenge as police officers are still charged with responding to daily calls and officers still need to work closely to keep the community safe in a particularly disruptive time.

    The Buffalo Police Department is dealing with coronavirus in unique ways and has been hit buy the disease intimately in the form of confirmed cases. Four officers have tested positive, while ten are in self-quarantine.

    BPD Captain Jeff Rinaldo says the news is not as bad as it could be. "Based on our daily average number of officers out sick, we are below that number, so we are in a good position," says Rinaldo. "We have taken preventative measures in our manpower deployments to promote social distancing and not have an influx of more officers than is necessary right now."

    Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says precautions are being taken. "One of the things we've been doing is sanitizing our police buildings and vehicles, disinfecting them." says Brown. "All of our essential employees are sanitizing and disinfecting on a regular basis."

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