52 SLC Police Officers Quarantined, 17 Positive For COVID-19

Oct 6, 2020, 6:09 PM | Updated: 9:20 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Nearly 10% of Salt Lake City police officers have been impacted by COVID-19, with 52 officers in quarantine due to positive tests or possible exposure. 

According to the department, as of Tuesday, 17 officers have tested positive for the virus and the remaining 35 have been exposed. 

“It’s kind of hard for us because so many of our officers have to go out and have contact with people. It’s not like they can just sit at the office,” said Detective Michael Ruff with the Salt Lake City Police Department. “It’s unfortunate that we have officers exposed.” 

But Ruff said people can rest assured that this will not compromise their safety. 

“We still have to respond to calls and the public expects us to be there and we are going to be there,” said Ruff. “We have the ability to move people around just like we do if there is a big event or there is a spike in crime.” 

Speaking of major security events, Vice President Mike Pence is in Salt Lake City for the much-anticipated debate that will be held at the University of Utah Wednesday night.

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Pence will square off against Democratic nominee Sen. Kamala Harris. 

Ruff said this event is a year in the planning so fortunately, they have plenty of officers from other agencies already lined up to help out. 

“We will all work together to make sure the public is as safe as ever,” said Ruff.

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