Coronavirus taking a toll on Buffalo Police Department

BPD recruits being deployed in parks to patrol activity

WBEN Newsroom
March 30, 2020 - 5:49 pm

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - The coronavirus outbreak is presenting the Buffalo Police Department with both a challenge to its force of officers and an opportunity for new recruits to service the community at the same time.

During a briefing Monday afternoon, Buffalo Police Captain Jeffrey Rinaldo revealed ten Buffalo officers have tested positive for coronavirus.  An additional 23 officers are self-quarantining according to Rinaldo. 

Police continue to take necessary precautions to protect officers amidst the coronavirus spread.  Rinaldo says officers are responding to routine calls and, "having people come outside of their homes to speak to officers, utilizing phones to take some basic reports." 

The Buffalo Police Academy is not functioning during the coronavirus outbreak but new police recruits are being utilized to ensure adequate safety in city parks.  Recruits are being deployed to parks and working to ensure proper social distancing is being accomplished.

"We're not looking to criminalize anybody's behavior, but we are asking for the public to cooperate", stated Rinaldo.

 Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown stresses social distancing is extremely important in staving off additional community spread of the virus.

"Being physically apart is the only way we can keep each other safe. All of us have to find new ways to interact with each other, console one another and find a supportive
community. The positive is that we live in a time and place that allows us to do that through technology. Now is the time for each of us to commit to maintaining a physical distance from each other. Only travel when it is absolutely necessary, limit your face-to-face interactions as much as possible, and stay home whenever you can. The more we follow these steps now, the better off we will be.”







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