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Police take lead in enforcing social distancing

Added 03-26-20 11:03:01pm EST - “Police departments are taking a lead role in enforcing social distancing guidelines that health officials say are critical to containing COVID-19.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “‘A different world’: Police take lead in enforcing social distancing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NEW YORK — In New York City, they’ve started dismantling basketball hoops to prevent people from gathering in parks and playing. In Lakewood, New Jersey, police broke up a wedding being held in violation of a ban on large gatherings. And in Austin, Texas, officers are encouraging people to call a hotline to snitch on violators of the city’s orders for people to stay home.

Police departments are taking a lead role in enforcing social distancing guidelines that health officials say are critical to containing COVID-19. Along with park rangers, fire inspectors and other public servants, officers more accustomed to chasing suspects and solving crimes are spending these troubled days cajoling people to stay at least 6 feet apart.

“We’re used to crowds, we’re used to lines, we’re used to being close together,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a briefing this week. “No more.”

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The no-more mandate has forced the New York Police Department - a squad that normally prides itself on protecting packed crowds like the ones at the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration - into service dispersing small groups of people on city streets and public spaces.

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