NYPD officers are not allowed to use masks when off-duty.
The NYPD said officers can wear masks while on duty, but they are required to wear them when they’re on duty.
The policy was enacted in 2017.
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, a Democrat, said the policy is not intended to prevent crime, but to protect officers.
“The department has not had any instances of an officer wearing a mask during his or her workday,” Bratton said in a statement.
“It is not our policy to allow our officers to use a mask when off duty.
It is the policy of the NYPD.”
A spokeswoman for the department said officers are allowed to be masked during patrol, but if the officer is on duty he or she must not be wearing a uniform or the NYPD’s own gear.
The department has asked for clarification from Bratton on the policy, she said.