Detective Anthony Standley

Detective Anthony Standley

Oyster Creek Police Department , Texas

End of Watch Thursday, August 26, 2021

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Anthony Standley

Detective Tony Standley died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Detective Standley had served with the Oyster Creek Police Department. He had worked in law enforcement for 29 years with police departments in Brazoria, Freeport, and Clute. Detective Standley is survived by his two daughters and four grandchildren.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

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  • Age 56
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge 1904

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Friday, August 13, 2021

COVID-19, communicable disease

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Tony was an amazing officer and colleague. I still to this day talk about the first time I met him when he assisted on a chaotic day on the beach. It was so stressful and a lot of different events took place at one time, but he was my back - and when he first met me he asked if I wanted a BBQ plate. I laugh, because under the circumstances he didn't realize how calming it was - and that it was probably my second day on the job. Later on we ended up working together through neighboring agencies. I could not wait until we had the same shifts at Pier 30 and we would just always have a great time or when we worked nights and would meet at Buc-ee's. Tony always made it fun despite whatever situation we had!

Former Patrol Officer T Miller
Surfside and Oyster Creek

May 10, 2022

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