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Police departments altering response to some 911 calls so check your local dept. info
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: March 25, 2020 10:13AM

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect nearly every area of life, law enforcement agencies around the country are changing the ways they respond to service calls to reduce officers' contact with possible carriers of the virus.

Many police departments are asking residents to report non-emergency incidents online or over the phone.
The Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement that it is closing the front desks and walk-up service at area stations beginning Wednesday. Instead of visiting stations in person, the department advises that the public email those front desks.

Some say they won't respond to non-urgent calls
The Syracuse Police Department in New York said it would not be responding to non-emergency calls, which would instead be directed to its phone or online reporting systems.
Authorities in Arlington County, Virginia, tweeted a graphic on Monday advising the public to use its online reporting system for incidents including credit card fraud, theft, harassing phone calls, vandalism or vehicle tampering.

The department said its officers were continuing to patrol around the county and would still respond to in-progress crimes or emergencies where there is "an immediate threat to life, health or property."
Among other departments that have issued similar guidance are the Belmont Police Department in California, the Grand Junction Police Department in Colorado and Ann Arbor Police in Michigan.
In Lyndhurst, New Jersey, the police department said officers would take reports for certain non-emergency calls over the phone, such as those that don't require an investigation on the scene or the collection of evidence.
"We feel that because our officers interact with many people throughout the day, limiting as much exposure as possible will aid us in contributing to our social distancing responsibility to the public," the department said in a news release.

Pensacola Police Department
We’re going to do you a solid. We’re not going to bring germs to you. This is how: If you need to report a crime that does not require our physical presence to collect evidence or deal with an issue, we are going to take that report over the phone. Just call our “things could be better” number, 850-435-1845, and explain your problem. We’ll take it from there. This 1) saves us one of dozens of face-to-face contacts that have the potential to spread the virus, and 2) does not require you to get dressed and brush your teeth because you are having guests (us).
So, we will still respond to your call, just not in person. If you NEED us to come to you, we will do that just as we have for almost 200 years. But we’d prefer if you at least put on pants.

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Re: Police departments altering response to some 911 calls so check your local dept. info
Posted by: RgrF
Date: March 26, 2020 12:20AM
LAPD had a miserable response rate before, this shouldn't change anything.
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