A total of 10 Providence Police officers have now tested positive, all required to wear masks

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE): Another Providence Police officer has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to 10.

According to Commander Thomas Verdi, three have returned to work.

The Police Department is requiring all members of the Providence Police Department to wear a cloth face covering/mask, effective April 18.

In Department Use: 

  • Officers will wear an appropriate cloth face covering/mask (surgical) for all in-person contacts with the public and when entering any establishment (i.e. residence, business, etc)
  • Officers utilizing cloth face coverings shall refrain from displaying any alarming or distastefully, emblems, markings and/or designs that would diminish the professionalism of the Providence Police Department.
  • The use of the N95 mask should be reserved for those incidents involving checking the wellbeing, DOA’s, care facilities for the elderly, and interaction with an individual suspected of being infected with COVID-19

Inter-Department Use:

  • Officers are not required to wear cloth face coverings/masks while operating their department-issued vehicle
  • Officers are to wear the cloth-face coverings/masks when entering and exiting the Providence Public Safety Complex and substations.
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