GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — As COVID-19 circumstances proceed to rise, some native authorities are asking residents to report crimes or incidents that aren’t in progress by telephone as a substitute of in-person.
The Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office on Friday posted on social media encouraging tele-reporting as a lot as doable.
Tele-reporting a criminal offense — one which isn’t in progress — means a deputy will contact the complainant by telephone if the incident will be dealt with with out face-to-face contact.
“Although we (GCSO) are within the enterprise of group relations and strongly consider in constructive interactions between our company and the general public, we should think about alternative routes of reporting much less severe and/or nonviolent crime, in an effort to reduce the influence of COVID-19 inside our workplace,” the sheriff’s workplace stated.
The sheriff’s workplace requested residents to contemplate the doable danger of COVID-19 publicity to each themselves and responding deputies.
“We are going to proceed to guage the scenario and can advise after we return to regular operations. Thanks upfront in your understanding. Collectively, we’ll climate this storm and get again to the group policing that GCSO prides itself on,” the sheriff’s workplace stated.