COVID-19: a silent enemy
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More than one hundred police officers (111) across the country have died in the line of duty due to complications from COVID-19, which became the leading cause of fatalities for that labor sector.
At least 111 police officers, sheriff’s officers, and prison guards have died after contracting the coronavirus while on the job, according to nonprofits that have tracked fatalities on those jobs for years.
Until yesterday, the second leading cause of deaths so far this year are car accidents (37) and shootings (34). The list includes 3 deaths from cancer related to the 9/11 attacks 2001, according to the National Law Enforcement Officials Commemorative Fund (NLEOMF).
Specifically when it comes to the coronavirus, New York has been the worst hit city with at least 48 cases as of late May, when the NYPD last unveiled public figures. But those figures have apparently not been updated by NLEOMF, he noted. New York Post.
In total, adding the various causes, at least 183 police officers across the country have died working so far in 2020, which represents a decrease of approximately 20 cases compared to the same period last year, according to the Officer Down Memorial organization (ODMP).
With 36 thousand officers and 19 thousand civil employees, NYPD is the largest municipal police force in the country, New York being the most populated city.