Police Officer Jason Michael Belton

Police Officer Jason Michael Belton

Erie Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, October 24, 2021

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Jason Michael Belton

Police Officer Jason Belton died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while on duty when he came into contact with a positive COVID-19 at the UPMC Harmot at 201 State Street in Erie.

Officer Belton was a United States Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Erie Police Department for 17 years. He is survived by his two daughters.

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.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 385
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Thursday, October 7, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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The board, staff, and members of the International Police Mountain Bike Association, offer our most sincere condolences to Jason's family, friends, and the Erie Police Department. Jason attended the IPMBA Police Cyclist Course in 2017 and by all accounts, was the consummate bicycle officer. Pedal on, Jason!

Maureen Becker, Executive Director
International Police Mountain Bike Association

May 19, 2022

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