BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Following recommendations from the Office of the Governor of California, the Bakersfield Police Department is taking precautionary measures in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
At this time, there will be no changes to any calls for service response protocols. BPD wants to remind the public of its telephonic and online reporting systems in place to aid in responding to service requests that are not emergencies, or that are no longer in progress.
The community is encouraged to continue to use these reporting platforms in order to preserve public safety availability for emergencies.
For non-emergencies, contact the Bakersfield Police Department Communications Center at (661) 327-7111.
The online reporting system is accessible on the Bakersfield Police Department’s webpage: www.bakersfieldpd.us.
Effective immediately, the lobby counter services at the Bakersfield Police Department Headquarters (1601 Truxtun Avenue) and the Westside Substation (1301 Buena Vista Road) will be closed until further notice.
"We are currently working on alternatives to ensure that we are accessible, and deliver the necessary services to our community," BPD said in a release. "We will be postponing all department sponsored community events, programs and presentations through March 31st . All civilian ride-a-longs, and police building tours are postponed as well."
If you have questions about community events you have planned with the Bakersfield Police Department, call (661) 326-3053 or email BPDCommunity@bakersfieldpd.us.
"We are requesting the public’s cooperation when they call emergency services to alert public safety personnel if they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19," BPD said in a release. "This will assist units in responding in an appropriate manner to prevent the spread of illness."