According to a recent on-line report by the Daily Mail, New York City cops leave Ebola doctor’s apartment and dump their gloves and masks in a TRASH CAN; a video showed just that; officers removing personal protective equipment (PPE, minimal PPE I will add) and putting it in a waste bin on the street. The article offers that it is unknown whether or not the officers were actually in the confirmed EBOLA patient’s residence (who was no longer there).
Throwing the PPE away has obviously been questioned, but it sparked a couple of bigger questions for me:
Why on earth would the officers enter the residence to begin with? and,
IF they had any business being there, why were they not properly equipped to do so?
For me, the questionable action of tossing the PPE in the waste bin pales in comparison to these questions.
But that is where Law Enforcement is typically found; holding the bag and being nudged into areas where there is virtually no true duty and even less familiarity. Police are going to be at risk enough providing security for health care professionals and facilities, and monitoring isolation and quarantine cases if the need ever arises. There are health care professionals that are much better equipped and trained to venture into genuine warm and hot zones where this deadly disease might be found.
What do you think? Where does the law enforcement role begin and end in these situations?