NYPD Traffic Agent Dies; 17% Of Uniformed Workforce On Sick Report

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April 01, 2020 - 6:36 pm

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The NYPD is mourning the loss of another member of the department as the number of uniformed and civilian members sickened with coronavirus continues to rise.

The department announced Wednesday that Traffic Agent Karisma Dargan, a three-year veteran assigned to Brooklyn Traffic Enforcement, died on Wednesday. Test results are pending.

On Wednesday, 17 percent of the department's uniformed workforce was on sick report, or 6,172 members. 

Currently, 1,218 uniformed members and 150 civilian members tested positive for the coronavirus. 

On CNN, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea admits the department is scrambling every day, but they're able to multitask, fighting crime, enforcing social distancing and reaching out to New Yorkers in need of help.

"It's a constant state of planning," Shea said. "Before this crisis ever took place and certainly hour to hour during it, as we're looking at many metrics, I think we're still climbing the hill. I'm eagerly awaiting when that inversion point happens when the number going out sick passes and crosses the people coming back."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that if it gets to the point where the department doesn't have the minimum personnel to police New York City the state police could be brought in to assist and upstate officers could be deputized to serve in the city.

On Tuesday, the NYPD and New York City Police Foundation announced the purchase of 150,000 masks, 150,000 gloves and 150,000 packets of hand sanitizer for police officers on the front lines of the coronavirus fight.

Yhe Police Foundation is also raising more funds and seeking donations to continue to meet its mission of supporting the NYPD. For more information visit, nycpolicefoundation.org/donate.

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