An illness of one officer could cause major issues for a whole department.March 19, 2020, 9:00 AM6 min read As police departments pare down resources in response to the novel coronavirus, officers are not getting adequate testing, several departments stressed to ABC News, and the effects could be drastic. In one example, 31 New York City police officers called out sick from one precinct this week after an officer tested positive for the coronavirus. “It’s a huge issue. Because right now what they do if someone has the symptoms, they just have to quarantine it for 14 days and all the other officers around them,” Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, told ABC News. Wexler said that the issue not only extends to officers, but staff as well. “If you get a dispatcher who has symptoms without testing, it wipes them out. So there has to be a national priority given to first responders for coronavirus testing,” he continued. Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman told ABC News that emergencies don’t stop in a pandemic, so it is vital for officers who have symptoms or feel like they’ve been exposed to people with symptoms, be able


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