April 14, 2020 15:51
The Portland Police Bureau is notifying the community that new direction is being given to Bureau members about when to wear different styles of personal protective equipment (PPE), specifically facial coverings. While members have been using PPE at their discretion, the new guidelines clarify when it will be used.
Chief Jami Resch has directed all Bureau members to wear the protective equipment to ensure PPB continues to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. All Bureau members who are required to physically be at work have been given direction on options that are available, such as cloth face coverings, surgical masks, and respirators. Members are directed to use the appropriate level of protection for the circumstance at hand.
Depending on the incident they are responding to, Bureau members will wear one of these facial coverings. They will also be required to wear them within the precincts and confines of Bureau buildings and vehicles with more than one occupant if 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. When officers are placing someone under arrest, if feasible, Bureau members are required to wear gloves and one of the mask options.
"Since the beginning of this pandemic we have realized the importance of limiting exposure to our community and to our members," Chief Resch said. "Now that the recommendations have shifted in regard to face coverings, we need to ensure our members who cannot physically distance themselves have the protective gear they need to do their jobs. We must also keep ourselves safe as we continue to protect and serve our city."
The Police Bureau has released a video with Chief Resch discussing this order as well as addressing community members' concerns about wearing masks into businesses. This video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=255vP2SRppE
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