White House Launches 'Operation Blue Bloods' To Get Protective Gear To NYPD
New York, NY – White House officials coordinated a successful operation to deliver desperately-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to New York law enforcement officers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
The rapid-response effort, dubbed “Operation Blue Bloods,” was launched by President Donald Trump’s Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Director Peter Navarro shortly after he received an “SOS” email from New York Police Chief Terence Monahan on Monday, the New York Post reported.
Chief Monahan begged Navarro to send PPE gear to his officers, many of whom have had to work without such protections due to the massive national shortage.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) had 6,200 officers out on sick leave on Wednesday, the New York Post reported.
Over 1,400 NYPD officers have tested positive for COVID-19.
Navarro, who was named as the coordinator of the national Defense Production Act by President Trump last week, immediately began contacting company executives to request their help in rounding up and delivering the much-needed PPE items, the New York Post reported.
Just 16 hours later, those items began showing up on the frontlines, the New York Post reported.
Alcohol company Pernod Ricard donated over 6,000 gallons of hand sanitizer, which was rushed from Arizona to New York by a U.S. Postal Service trucker in just 48 hours.
Raytheon executives sent two private planes loaded with a total of 4,275 Tyvek crime scene suits, and General Dynamics delivered 120,000 pairs of gloves, the New York Post reported.
The NYPD described the deliveries as “a game changer,” according to the paper.
Prior to the arrival of the PPE, many detectives were going into homes without the proper protective gear in order to conduct investigations – leaving them more susceptible to contracting the potentially deadly coronavirus.
The operation’s success ensured those detectives will now head into the field equipped with face shields, gloves, disinfectant wipes, shoe covers, N95 masks, and Tyvek suits, the New York Post reported.
Navarro said that the quick turnaround time was the result of a concerted effort between the Trump administration and private companies.
“What we’ve been trying to do under President Trump’s leadership is to wed the full force of federal government with the full power of private enterprise,” he explained, according to the New York Post. “We got an SOS from the NYPD and a huge Trump thanks to General Dynamic’s Phebe Novakovic, Raytheon’s Tom Kennedy, Tara Engel of Pernod Ricard, and Laura Lane of UPS for answering the call.”
Navarro noted that the federal government made it a priority to get the NYPD the items they needed as quickly as they could.
“At the White House we love to move in Trump time, which is ‘as soon as possible,'” he said. “We’re not interested in thanks. We just want the people of New York to know the White House is thinking about them and getting it done.”