NYPD Commissioner Dermont Shea reported a sharp increase of COVID-19 cases amongst the city's police officers. Nearly 1,200 have tested positive, while there are several hundred more listed as suspected. In total, 5,600 officers are out sick. Five members of the NYPD had died as of Tuesday.
Due to a sharp increase of COVID-19 cases in New York City, police officers have been ordered to enforce social distancing rules. Crime, on the other hand, has dropped significantly, with a noticeable decrease in emergency calls being directed to the NYPD. Concerns are growing, however, how NYPD will be able to effectively respond as the situation grows more dire over the next two weeks. If Italy is any example, the social order Americans have grown accustomed to will be threatened, and crime may, in fact, increase.
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