FORT WORTH, Texas - In an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Fort Worth Police Department officers will now be wearing N95 masks and protective gloves while interacting with the public.
The department released a statement that this decision was made “to protect the health and safety of everyone.”
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Fort Worth PD also mentioned several other actions taken to help protect their officers and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Those include: enhancing the use of online reporting for less severe incidents, reminding their officers to comply with social distancing and to wash their hands frequently, disinfecting their patrol cars, and allowing employees to use emergency sick leave.
As of Saturday, there have been 128 COVID-19 cases reported in Tarrant County.
On Tuesday, the county issued a stay-at-home order.