Thursday, April 9, 2020

Chatham-Kent Police Service operational update on COVID-19

The Chatham-Kent Police Service have issued an operational update regarding COVID-19.

Police officials say the Collision Reporting Centre remains open.

“However, in an effort to be socially responsible, members of the public are asked to call 519-355-1937 and speak with (Collision Reporting Centre) staff before attending police headquarters,” police officials said in a media release.

Police officials are encouraging people to report certain crimes online.

“In doing our part to assist with social distancing while also ensuring the safety of our community, we would like to remind everyone that you may report certain incidents from the comfort of your own home,” police officials say.

“If you’ve been the victim of a theft from vehicle, theft under $5,000, lost property, mischief to vehicle / property, lost / stolen license plates – you may report these on-line.”

Online crime reporting can be done, here.

Police clearance checks can also be acquired online.

“Did you know that you may also apply for a police clearance check from home?” police officials say.

“Everything is now done on-line, even payment. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not attend police headquarters, call 519-436-6600 extension #221.”

More details on police clearance checks can be found, here.

The Chatham-Kent Police Service are also asking members of the public to refrain from attending any police facilities unless absolutely necessary.

“If you must attend, you will subject to screening questions related to COVID-19 health risks,” police officials say.

“If you require an officer to attend your location for a non-emergency incident, you will be asked screening questions related to COVID-19 health risks, over the telephone, before an officer is dispatched.”

In an emergency, officers will respond, however you may see them wearing personal protective equipment, such as gloves and masks, for their own protection, if the situation is unknown, police officials say.

“We continue to monitor this situation, as it remains fluid and dynamic,” police officials added.

“Please understand that these precautions have been implemented for the protection of our members and public. In this time of uncertainty, it’s important that everyone remain calm and rely on credible sources for information. We would like to thank everyone for their patience and co-operation.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Details, here.

For a list of local cancellations, postponement and further updates, click here.

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