To protect employees and the citizens they serve, Clay Center Police Chief Bill Robinson announced yesterday that the department has implemented new safety measures as a precaution due to the coronavirus.
“We are a small department and in order to continue to serve the community and provide law enforcement services we must stay healthy,” Robinson said in a release. “We also want to avoid exposing citizens we encounter to potential infection. These practices will remain in place until further notice.”
The new procedures are:
• When possible, officers will maintain a 6-foot distance between themselves and people they are interacting with.
• In-person response to calls will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if an officer can appropriately respond by phone.
• Unnecessary contact such as handshaking will be eliminated.
• During traffic stops you may be asked to exit your vehicle, so the officer does not have to come close and speak to you through your vehicle window.
• Officers will ask you to step outside your home to speak to them to reduce the risk of disease transmission.
• The department asks that you tell responding officers if you are under quarantine or have tested positive for COVID-19 when they arrive so they can take proper precautions.
• If you appear to be ill, officers may ask you to wear a surgical mask during the contact.