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Abbeville Police announce restrictions

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Posted at 12:23 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 13:23:09-04

The Abbeville Police Department has announced the modification of some services.

Effective immediately, a “Priority Dispatch” protocol is being implemented, which means:

· No civil fingerprinting will be done. This includes, but is not limited to, CCW permits, employment fingerprinting, healthcare worker background printing, etc.

· No physical inspections on vehicles will be done

· The front lobby of the police department will be closed to the general public. For walk-in complaints, there is a camera and intercom system already in place. An officer will get the information and will handle the complaint outside of the office.

· Non-emergency calls for service, such as complaints where a suspect is no longer present, or the crime has already occurred shall be handled by an officer over the phone.

· Citizens are being asked to obey the state mandated “stay at home order."

Emergency calls or crimes in progress will still be dispatched to patrol officers. Incidents which may require an on-scene investigation will also be responded to as necessary. The Abbeville Police Department will remain in constant contact with other emergency groups, and when prudent, will return to our normal services. Chief Spearman would like to thank the citizens of Abbeville for their cooperation and understanding in this trying time.