"This does serve as a good reminder that police officers and other first responders do not have the ability to shelter-in-place and stay at home as we have to remain on the front lines to respond to the safety and security needs of those who we serve," he said in a Dec. 24 email.
The force, which employs 21 officers, has been responding to a recent spate of residential burglaries in town (there have been 10 since Oct. 1). No one else on staff was forced to quarantine and all contact tracing has been completed, McCulley said.
"This in no way impacted police services for our residents," he said. "We have been and continue to maintain very strict COVID protocols to help ensure the health and safety of our team members, their family members, and our residents."
It is unknown how the officers and staff member contracted the virus, he added.
The town's officers should receive one of the COVID-19 vaccines toward the end of January, McCulley said. Two Menlo Park Fire Protection District firefighters were vaccinated last week.
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