Detroit Police Department receives 2,000 new KN95 masks to support officers thanks to DTE Energy donation
- DTE Energy responded within hours to Mayor Duggan’s request for help with key personal protective equipment
- KN95 masks help ensure continued safety of Detroit police officers during COVID-19 outbreak
- COVID-19 has had large impact on Detroit Police Department, including Chief James Craig testing positive for the virus
The Detroit Police Department received new personal protective equipment for officers thanks to a donation from DTE Energy. Mayor Mike Duggan and DTE Energy President and CEO Jerry Norcia announced today that DTE has donated 2,000 KN95 respirator masks for Detroit police officers. The masks are essential for helping to limit the spread of COVID-19, which has had a significant impact on DPD.
Mayor Duggan contacted Norcia on Saturday morning to request help protecting officers during the COVID-19 outbreak. That afternoon, DPD received the masks from DTE for distribution throughout the department.
“Protecting our officers who are continuing to come to work every day to keep our communities safe is among our top priorities,” said Mayor Duggan. “I reached out to DTE for help and within hours they got us what we needed. This is a time when we need our community leaders and DTE is coming through in a big way. We’re thankful to have committed partners like that.”
About 39 Detroit police officers have tested positive for COVID-19 and an additional 468 are out on quarantine. On Friday, Mayor Duggan announced that Chief James Craig was among the officers who have tested positive for the virus. Personal protective equipment like KN95 masks help to limit the spread of the virus, both inside and outside the department.
“We’re committed to the communities where we live and serve,” said Norcia. “Our team has been working around the clock to procure as many masks as possible for our communities and for those working on the front lines, including first responders and hospitals. When Mayor Duggan called and shared that our heroic police officers needed masks, I knew we had to do everything in our power to help. We’re all in this together.”
The KN95 masks are essential personal protective equipment for officers in the field. They are a key part of the department’s five-step plan to limit the spread of COVID-19. The plan also includes additional safety precautions, such as symptom checks at the start of each shift.
To find out more about information on COVID-19 and local resources to help, visit the City's COVID response page.