Nearly a fifth of Detroit’s police force is in quarantine from potential exposure to COVID-19. That’s 398 of the department’s 2,200 officers.
City officials estimate 180 police will return to work in a matter of days, following a two-week isolation period.
“It has been headquarters, it has been special operations unit, it has been precincts.” - Mayor Mike Duggan
Duggan says the Detroit Police Department is checking officers for high temperatures before work. He says 25 police have tested positive for the respiratory illness, and for the first time, a member of the Detroit Fire Department.
But there’s been no patter to which officers are put in quarantine.
“It has been headquarters, it has been special operations unit, it has been precincts,” said Duggan.
When an officer tests positive for the disease, other officers who worked alongside them are put in a 14-day quarantine, and are likely to return to work pending their own results.
Duggan says in the meantime officers are stepping up for patrols, swapping units, and working double shifts.
“We’ve seen about a 15 to 20 percent drop in 911 calls, and an even greater drop in crime.” - Mayor Mike Duggan
“Right now, we’re in good shape,” Duggan said. “How long can our officers continue to work this kind of overtime before we get folks back, we’re going to see.”
But while officers are working overtime, they’re reporting less incidents.
“Since the governor issued her stay-at-home order on Monday, we’ve seen about a 15 to 20 percent drop in 911 calls, and an even greater drop in crime,” said Duggan.