Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that the NYPD doesn’t need help from outside agencies despite a growing number of cops out sick amid the coronavirus outbreak — at least, not yet.
“In terms of needing any outside help, we are nowhere near that,” de Blasio said at a press conference when asked if there were plans to call in the National Guard.
“The last conversation I had with the commissioner, he was confident… and plan B was very very straightforward, about how to utilize people differently and we got a lot of people to work,” the mayor added.
“We’re not to that point with even the 12-hour shifts… we might get there and, obviously, we’ll announce it when we do.”
The number of sick cops surged again Wednesday with more than 3,200 cops out ill — nearly three times the normal numbers. More than 230 members of the NYPD are confirmed to have the virus.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said earlier the department is “very well-resourced” and backup plans were already rolled out.
The city’s top cop has said he doesn’t believe the NYPD has a breaking point in staffing where it’ll need to call in reserves — similar to what the department did after 9/11,
Detectives have already been told they might need to go on patrol as the sick number climb.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn’t said whether he would send in the National Guard but offered the mayor help with anything the city needs.
“These are uncharted waters for all of us,” Cuomo said. “But we’re resourceful, smart, quick on our feet, what’s the problem? We’ll figure out how to solve it.”