April 2020 News Roundup
Our officers have faced a lot this month. They continue to protect and serve our communities- even in the midst of a pandemic. There are nationwide shortages of PPE and other protective equipment, putting them at greater risk of being infected and infecting others. We lost officers this month, including Bre Leath, a young mother and officer in Indianapolis. Officers are getting ambushed both on and off duty. Laws are rapidly changing, and officers have been caught in the middle of political battles about stay-at-home orders and bail reform. And through all of this, we are still seeing story after story of officers preparing meals, spreading cheer, doing virtual story hours, and more. They are true heroes, and this is more clear than ever before.
Contact your representatives and demand officers receive the protective gear and equipment they need to protect themselves (and their families) against the coronavirus. Stay up-to-date on your local news- many law enforcement agencies are facing budget cuts even as calls and needs increase.
- NC law enforcement advocate says availability of protective gear among top concerns – especially in rural areas
- Police: Ark. man arrested after livestreaming search for officer to ambush and execute
- Coronavirus and crime: 62 police officers dead, violence and burglaries up in some cities
- Ohio Officer Delivering Meals to Needy Residents During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Spitting criminals are NYPD’s new scourge amid coronavirus pandemic
- Indianapolis salutes goodbye to fallen police hero IMPD Officer Bre Leath
- Legislation Introduced to Cover Officers with Federal Benefits if They Die or are Disabled by COVID-19