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Bernard Kerik: Police Need to Learn Ebola Protocol

By    |   Friday, 24 Oct 2014 10:00 PM

Police departments must quickly learn air-tight protocol when dealing with suspected cases of the Ebola virus — but that's easier said than done, former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik says.

"It's going to take a lot to get the police department up to speed as far as the protocols for restricting their mobility, their contact, things like that with anybody that may have come into contact with Ebola," Kerik said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"At this point, I don't know what training they've had, I can't imagine they've had much of anything given this stuff has only been going on for the last two or three weeks."

Kerik's comments came after video showing officers working on the case of New York City doctor who was diagnosed with Ebola discarding their protective gear in a sidewalk trash can.

"You've got 40,000 uniformed officers in the NYPD and I don't know the scenario in this case where those cops came from, who they had contact with, who knows," he said.

"Most New York City cops on their own they carry rubber gloves, they carry a face mask, they carry other things on them, on their uniform, so that in the event they come in contact with someone with a contagious disease, they can sort of protect themselves.

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"This calls for additional protection. The city's going to have to get out and get them the training they need and I'm sure that [Patrick] Lynch, the president of the police union, he's going to be very vocal on this."

Kerik is also calling for a 21-day quarantine of those returning from West Africa who have been exposed to Ebola victims.

"I've encouraged the quarantine. Look, it's a 21-day quarantine. It puts everybody in a safer position, it just creates a whole new avenue of safety from this thing spreading," he said.

"I don't see any problem with doing it. It should be done. Hopefully the government, the CDC, and the White House will push it and get it done and everybody would be a lot better off as a result."

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