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Delano Police revise procedures in response to COVID

Delano Police Department
Posted at 1:10 PM, Jan 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-05 16:15:46-05

DELANO, Calif. (KERO) — The Delano Police Department revised its procedures in response to COVID including only having officers field dispatched to life-threatening incidents and crimes in progress, according to a letter posted on their Facebook page.

Other procedures according to the letter that Delano Police will follow until March 1:

  • For calls that are not life-threatening or a crime in progress, either officers or a Community Service Officer will handle the call over the phone.
  • The front lobby of police headquarters will be closed to the public.
  • All police-related community events are canceled.
  • A modified caller query screening process will be used so dispatchers can determine the response for each call. Police advise to have patience when calling.
  • Residents are encouraged to call Delano Police's non-emergency number at 661-721-3377 for non-emergencies and for general questions.

Delano Police say they've made these decisions "out of an abundance of caution" and to ensure the safety of the community and department employees.