KCSO limiting the types of calls it will dispatch deputies to during COVID-19

Kern County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Patrol Car (FILE)
Posted at 2:52 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 18:04:49-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is limiting the types of calls it will dispatch deputies to during the coronavirus pandemic.

Until further notice the KCSO will no longer dispatch a deputy to take the initial report for the following crimes unless they are in progress:
• Fraud and Financial Crimes
• Harassing Phone Calls
• Identity Theft
• Lost Property
• Shoplifting
• Petty Theft
• Theft from Vehicle
• Vandalism
• Vandalism of a Vehicle

If the above crimes are not in progress, the reporting party will be directed to use an online reporting system to make a report. The only exceptions include if the reporting party is elderly, disabled, and/or otherwise does not have access to the internet. In those cases, the call will be entered for telephone contact only and will be handled as soon as staff is available.

On the main page, select the icon titled “Online Reporting.” Follow the instructions, and you will be able to process your report. Online reports will be reviewed, and any investigative leads will be followed up as soon as practical.

Deputies will continue responding to in-progress calls and conducting appropriate follow-up regarding on-line reports and phone reports, including processing evidence and contacting suspects when applicable.