Days after Denver and Aurora’s police departments announced they won’t respond to low-level crimes in person to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus, Northern Colorado law enforcement agencies are coming out with their own precautionary measures.
On Monday, the Loveland Police Department announced a range of new measures meant to protect its officers, employees and the public — ranging from the closure of its lobby to stringent cleaning and disenfecting practices.
The Weld County Sheriff’s Office later announced it would close its Del Camino and Fort Lupton substations to the public until April 8, though it will maintain its other operations.
Following this, the Coloradoan asked other Northern Colorado law enforcement agencies what they’re doing to limit the spread of COVID-19. Here’s what they said.
Fort Collins Police Services
Community members are being encouraged to report non-emergency crimes online, when applicable, to minimize in-person contact with officers and FCPS employees. People are also being asked to report non-injury motor vehicle accidents (that don’t involve drugs or alcohol) online.
- During in-person contacts, officers may ask people to step outside to talk.
- Police officers routinely encounter bio-medical hazards, for which there are protocols already in place to minimize exposure risk. They will continue to practice these measures while working to integrate any additional public health recommendations.
- Dispatch is asking callers about any health or respiratory issues in a home before first responders arrive so they can take necessary precautions.
- Supervisors have been discussing social distancing measures with their individual units and all FCPS employees have been advised to remember the “6-foot rule” to avoid unnecessary exposure.
Source: Fort Collins Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda
Larimer County Sheriff’s Office
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office administration building, 2501 Midpoint Drive, is open to the public and all services are still being offered as of Monday at 3 p.m.
- Sheriff’s Office facilities are being regularly cleaned and disinfected.
- Social distancing practices are being employed where possible and the public is asked to use those same practices when visiting Sheriff’s Office facilities.
- Patrol is taking reports in person, but using phone contact when possible.
- Symptomatic inmates of the Larimer County Jail are isolated and will receive medical care from staff like during regular operations. Guidelines are being developed for court appearances to determine when an inmate can make a court appearance via video instead of in-person.
Source: Larimer County Sheriff’s Office
Loveland Police Department
Officers will handle as many non-emergency calls by phone as possible. They will continue to respond in-person to emergency, in-progress and 911 calls.
- The department’s lobby is no longer open to the public.
- Community members are being asked to report non-emergency calls using the department’s online reporting system.
- Loveland Police Senior Volunteers and other volunteer activities have been suspended “until the threat is mitigated.”
- LPD personnel will ask callers if they are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms so responding officers can wear protective gear.
- Patrol cars, booking areas and the LPD communications center will be frequently cleaned and sanitized.
Source: Larimer County Sheriff’s Office
Windsor Police Department
- The department will handle some routine calls for service by phone when possible. To report a crime or reach the department, call 970-674-6400. Calls that will still require in-person contact with an officer include domestic calls, in-progress crimes and protection of life and/or property.
- Phone reports will be taken for private property accidents that don’t involve alcohol or injuries.
- All VIN check, fingerprinting and sex offender registration house check services that are beyond what’s required by law are temporarily suspended.
- WPD employees and officers will no longer provide instruction or presentations to outside groups and will refrain from participatin gin outside group meetings when possible.
Source: Windsor Police Department
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