I know these past few days have been anxiety-provoking and often frustrating for you. A lot of misinformation has been circulating and many legitimate questions did not have immediate answers as we faced the colossal task of making this transition in a couple of days. I want to thank you for your focus on the job at hand amid the uncertainty and fear.
The Office of the Chief of Department/NYPD sent an email to all members of service with special guidance about Novel Coronavirus.
This memo describes how members of service should protect themselves when dealing with the public while performing their duties. It specifies who to inform including responding to an aided case when handling a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. In addition, the memo also lists symptoms of the virus and contact information for NYPD Medical Division, which is available 24/7.
These earlier NYPD documents are also informative.
- Read the Office of the Chief of Department's Feb. 3 Memo on Novel Coronavirus
- Read the Patrol Guide's Procedure No. 205-10. Exposure of Members of the Service to Infectious Diseases or Hazardous Materials
Until schools reopen, you will be supervising school safety in the regional enrichment centers that the DOE is setting up for the children of first responders, transit workers and health care workers. Members of school safety were informed via email on March 18 that they, too, can use these centers for their children.
Further expectations within your title are being discussed with School Safety.
Your health and safety are of paramount concern in these uncertain times. Please follow the NYPD's directive to use basic infection-protection safeguards to protect yourself against the coronavirus.
Follow the notification process immediately if you are exposed to the virus or if you are exhibiting symptoms. Please contact us if you have further concerns at 212-331-6311.
The UFT is here to support you. Stay safe and healthy. I'll be in touch.