Prescott Valley Police modifies service amid COVID-19 pandemic
In the midst of concern over the coronavirus, the Prescott Valley Police Department explained in a news release this past week that it will remain committed to its mission to protect the community, maintain public safety, and enforce the law.
According to the news release, PVPD continues as first responders to be up to date on emerging public health concerns, including infectious disease. Officers are utilizing best practices to reduce risk in all situations. Helping to keep the community safe while taking reasonable measures to keep first responders healthy and available to provide the service that the community deserves remains its priority.
The Prescott Valley Police Department has implemented the following preventive measures while continuing to monitor a fluid situation.
Although the lobby of the Prescott Valley Police Department remains open at this time, public fingerprinting has been canceled until further notice, the news release explained. PVPD strongly encourages people to use alternative methods of reporting crime rather than coming to the police department in-person. Options include online reporting via the PVPD website as well as speaking to an officer by phone.
The online reporting is limited to certain types of crimes, so PVPD reminds people to look over the forms to see if the reported crime qualifies for that type of reporting. To file a report, visit: www.pvaz.net/291/Police-Department.
The news release also explained that as officers take information over the phone they will make the best decision as to the severity of the crime and solvability related to any on-scene follow-up, such as photographs or collection of potential evidence.
For a copy of a police report, call the Records Section, at 928-772-9261, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. PVPD will provide that report via email or standard mail. There is a charge for copies of reports, which can be processed over the phone by using a credit card.
To retrieve property from the Police Department, police officials ask that people call the Records Section at 928-772-9261 and ask to speak with a property and evidence technician to schedule an appointment to pick up your items. For medications or drugs to drop off, PVPD asks the public to wait until this crisis subsides.
The Prescott Valley Police Department is working closely with government and law enforcement partners in continuing to evaluate this global situation and will adjust protocols accordingly.
The following resources are suggested for the latest updates on COVID-19 issues locally, statewide and nationally:
• Yavapai County Community Health Services with daily updates, www.yavapai.us/chs;
• Arizona Department of Health Services, azdhs.gov; and,
• The Center for Disease Control, azdhs.gov.
The Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at 928-772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies.
Information provided by Prescott Valley Police Department.