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Lafayette Police Department modifying services and response due to COVID-19 concerns

Lafayette Police Department
Posted at 11:51 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 12:51:09-04

The Lafayette Police Department says they will be modifying services and procedures to limit exposure to COVID-19.

On Tuesday March 17, 2020, the Lafayette Police Department says that out of an abundance of caution, they will be are modifying some services and procedures to limit the exposure and to mitigate COVID-19 issues.

The department say their modified report taking process will be in place to limit the amount of one-on-one interaction our officers will have with the public.

“Priority Dispatch” protocol will be implicated beginning Tuesday, March 17. The lobbies of our main station located at 900 E. University Ave. as well as Precinct 4 building located on 1820 Moss Street will be closed to the public.

Citizens should call 9-1-1 for priority emergencies calls for any situations where there is a crime in progress, both property or person crimes, and a life is in danger for an officer to immediately respond. Low-level crime calls or non-emergencies where a suspect is no longer present or the crime has already occurred will be handled by an officer over the phone following a call to 9-1-1 as well.

"There are certainly instances that may still require on-scene investigation, and we will respond as necessary," a release states.

Citizens will be asked to complete your report over the phone with an officer where a report number will be provided or utilize our on-line reporting system by visiting http://lpdcor.lafayettela.gov/cor/.

The police department will also be suspending non-criminal fingerprinting at their main station as well as obtaining police reports in person until further notice. Accident reports can be obtained by visiting https://policereports.lexisnexis.com/search/search.

"These changes are in response to the immediate situation concerning the COVID-19. When prudent, we will rescind these modifications and return to our normal services."