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The NYPD will begin allowing civilian members to work from home as the number of COVID-19 cases in the city rises, The Post has learned.
The roughly 19,000 non-uniformed workers in the NYPD below the level of director will be given the option to telework starting Friday as long as they’ve been “identified as able to successfully complete required job functions from home,” according to the administrative bulletin obtained by The Post.
Uniformed officers and high-ranking officials are not authorized to work from home, the bulletin reads.
The move comes as Mayor Bill de Blasio warned the Big Apple was facing a second wave of COVID-19 with cases and infection rates surging.
Multiple sources told also The Post that the NYPD was considering putting a pause on in-person interviews for investigations by Internal Affairs, the Civilian Complaint Review Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
That step, though — similar to safety protocols under the first wave that led to a weeks-long back-and-forth between the CCRB and police unions over video appearances — has not been taken.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea has said the number of COVID-19 cases has been on the rise in the NYPD.
As of last week, 157 officers and 20 civilian staff members were out sick with positive coronavirus tests.
Those figures remain far below the numbers the NYPD saw during the first wave of the pandemic, when nearly one-fifth of the department’s roughly 36,000 uniformed officers were out either with COVID or in quarantine.
The NYPD did not immediately respond for comment.
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