Since March, more than 130 KCPD officers have tested positive for COVID-19

Chief: Outbreak concerning, not affecting coverage
Posted at 10:28 AM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 11:43:28-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There is an outbreak of COVID-19 within the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department, Chief of Police Rick Smith said Tuesday morning.

At the Board of Police Commissioners meeting, Smith said the outbreak is concerning but isn’t affecting KCPD’s coverage so far.

A 41 Action News crew at the meeting learned 1,200 officers have been tested for COVID-19.

Of those, 131 tested positive, for a positivity rate of 10.9%.

KCPD said those numbers are totals within the department since March.

Currently, 54 officers are quarantined, 18 are recovering, and 113 have returned to work.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Quinton Lucas is expected to introduce ideas for reform in the department’s Office of Community Complaints.