Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said on MSNBC Wednesday morning the number of cops taking sick time was three times the normal rate — and currently sitting at about 3,200 officers ill.
“The backup plans are already underway. We are certainly making adjustments,” Shea said, without outlining the plan. “We are a very well-resourced department. But make no mistake we are going to get through this and the New York City police department is going to lead the way out of this.”
The Post reported earlier this week that detectives were told to prepare to go on patrol and that detectives assigned to district attorneys’ offices have been pulled too help handle department’s caseload.
Shea did not give a number of officers confirmed to have contracted the virus, but said the number had risen from Tuesday night, when 211 members of the NYPD had the pandemic COVID-19.
The NYPD did not immediately respond for the most recent number of confirmed cases.