Since the pandemic began, at least 22 police officers and employees have died after contracting coronavirus.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said the figure represents the total number of deaths “solely attributable to Covid-19” in all Territorial Forces in the UK.
There is no centrally stored information about whether they were infected while on duty or whether they had underlying health conditions or vulnerabilities.
An NPCC spokesman said: “Twenty-two police officers and staff have unfortunately lost their lives in all armed forces since the pandemic began.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and colleagues. Your loss is a loss for the entire police force. “
On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Police, the largest force in the UK, announced that five officers and employees with Covid-19 had died within two weeks of January 11.
Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick previously said a staff member from the office and someone who worked at a front desk also died early during the first wave of the pandemic.
It is because police officers are urging the government to give frontline officials priority access to Covid-19 vaccines.
NPCC chairman Martin Hewitt said Thursday that the police and other key personnel should be high on the list once the most vulnerable people have received their bumps.
“We should be at the front of the line when these uniquely vulnerable people have been vaccinated,” he said.
And he called for a national framework to give officials leftover vaccines to prevent “ridiculous” waste of bumps.
Some local health officials have offered rest-doses to workers, leaving people missing appointments that otherwise would have to be thrown away.
Mr. Hewitt said, “I think it would be ridiculous for a vaccine to go to waste, if it could be given to someone and have the benefits that it has.
“At the moment these are all local agreements, any police, if spoken to, the police will make a decision, but I would be very surprised if the armed forces did not accept this offer.”
“But I think it would be much better if there was a national agreement on how that could work.”