Police Officer Sony Clerge

Police Officer Sony Clerge

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, August 20, 2021

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Sony Clerge

Police Officer Sony Clerge died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Officer Clerge had served with the New York City Police Department for 19 years and was assigned to the Transit Borough Manhattan Task Force. He is survived by his son, parents, brother, and sister.

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 52
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 25660

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

COVID-19, communicable disease

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SONY I WORKED WITH YOU IN THE BEGINNING OF THE 2000s and You were such a nice great person.I heard about your untimely passing and My Thoughts and Prayers are offered daily to Your soul and to your family. THERE TRULY WASNT A NICER MAN IN THE ENTIRE NYPD THAN YOU I TRULY MEAN THAT FROM MY HEART.RIP SONY

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March 17, 2024

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