The first officer to die of coronavirus was laid to rest Sunday.
Pallbearers wore masks as fellow officers and loved ones said goodbye to Detective Cedric Dixon, a 23-year veteran of the force.
A total of 13 members of the department have passed away due to coronavirus complications, including the uniformed officer and 12 civilians.
This comes as an estimated 6,700 uniformed members are out sick, which is about 18% of the workforce.
Commissioner Dermot Shea joined Mornings On 1 via Skype to discuss how the department is fighting against the virus.
Shea says though the city is battling plenty during this coronavirus crisis, “the one thing New Yorkers don’t have to worry about is the members of this department not showing up for them.”
On a lighter note, Shea noted crime in the city is significantly low.
“We’ve seen a pretty dramatic shift in crime—it started right about March 12 to March 13. It just fell off pretty dramatically,” he said.
Addressing cars speeding down now empty streets, Shea said the NYPD has issued some “deployment pieces” in areas where it has received complaints.
He also urged New Yorkers to continue practicing social distancing efforts and staying home
“We’re going to get through it—we’re going to get to the other side,” he said.