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Prescott Police Department announces preventative measures during coronavirus pandemic

In a statement released Tuesday, the Prescott Police Department said it remains committed to their mission to protect the community, maintain public safety and enforce the law during the coronavirus pandemic. Effective immediately, the department implemented some preventative measures including asking the public to use alternative methods of reporting crime in lieu of coming to the police department in person. (Prescott Police Department/courtesy)

In a statement released Tuesday, the Prescott Police Department said it remains committed to their mission to protect the community, maintain public safety and enforce the law during the coronavirus pandemic. Effective immediately, the department implemented some preventative measures including asking the public to use alternative methods of reporting crime in lieu of coming to the police department in person. (Prescott Police Department/courtesy)

The Prescott Police Department is continuing to monitor ongoing efforts to slow or combat the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement released Tuesday, PPD said it will remain committed to their mission to protect the community, maintain public safety and enforce the law.

"As first responders we continue to be on the front line of emerging public health concerns; this includes infectious disease," the statement said. "We meet these hazards by utilizing best practices to mitigate our risk in any situation that we encounter. It is absolutely essential to help keep our community safe while taking reasonable measures to keep first responders healthy and available to provide the service that you deserve."

Effective immediately, the Prescott Police Department has implemented the following preventative measures:

  • The lobby of the Prescott Police Department will be closed to the public into the foreseeable future.
  • The public is strongly encouraged to use alternative methods of reporting crime in lieu of coming to the police department in person. Options include on line reporting via the department's website as well as speaking to an officer by phone. The online reporting is limited to certain types of crimes so residents are asked to please look over the forms to see if the crime they are reporting qualifies for that type of reporting.
  • As officers take information over the phone they will make the best decision regarding the severity of the crime and solvability related to any on-scene follow up that may be needed, such as photographs or collection of potential evidence. If residents need a copy of a police report they can call the Records Section during regular business hours at 928-777-1988. When the copy is available the department will provide it via email or standard mail.
  • If anyone has property they need to retrieve from the department they are asked to call the Records Section at 928-777-1988 and speak with a Property and Evidence technician to schedule an appointment to pick up their items.

The PPD said it will adjust their protocols and response plan as appropriate.

"We will continue to evaluate the situation, working with government and law enforcement partners," the release said. "We are committed to you, members of our community during these unprecedented and challenging times."

Information provided by the Prescott Police Department.

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