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John Nuthall


March 13, 2020

PBA Files Health and Safety Complaint Over Lack of COVID-19 Gear

Masks, gloves not distributed to all police officers; NYPD supplies inadequate for long-term pandemic

The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (NYC PBA) filed a complaint this week with the New York State Public Employee Safety & Health Bureau (PESH) over the NYPD’s failure to provide adequate protective equipment, including masks and gloves, to all police officers to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus.

See a copy of the complaint.

PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said:

“No matter how this pandemic progresses, New York City police officers will remain on the front lines and will continue to carry out our duties protecting New Yorkers.  But we shouldn’t be forced to do so without adequate protection. The NYPD has not done enough to ensure that all of our members have protective equipment such as masks and gloves, nor does it have adequate supplies of that equipment to weather a prolonged outbreak. That is why we are asking state health and safety regulators to step in and compel the NYPD to provide adequate protective equipment as required by law.”

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The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (PBA) is the largest municipal police union in the nation and represents nearly 50,000 active and retired NYC police officers.