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COVID-19: A Message From The Cedar Park Police Chief

Post Date:03/19/2020 11:30 am

In our ongoing efforts to perform our essential functions to protect and serve the public, the Cedar Park Police Department is taking several proactive measures to keep its members and the community safe.

Our number one goal and priority is to respond as quickly as possible to life-threatening emergencies. We are currently taking all calls for service, yet we are encouraging other forms of reporting to follow social distancing guidelines. CPPD members will continue to respond in-person to calls where there is a life safety issue or if it is a call that cannot be taken by phone due to the nature of the incident.   

All officers have implemented a regimen that includes frequent hand washing, regular use of hand sanitizer and frequent wiping down of patrol vehicles.

Given the current situation with the COVID-19 virus and the recommendations from the CDC, we are taking the following steps:

* When possible, and there is not a life-safety issue, CPPD officers will be taking reports over the telephone.
* Temporarily closing the main lobby space.
* Fingerprinting services suspended.
* Due to capacity issues at the Williamson County Animal Shelter, response to loose animal calls will be limited to aggressive animals or those that pose a threat to the public.
* The settings of animal traps is suspended until further notice.
* The Civilian Ride-Along Program has been suspended.
* Temporarily suspending our presence at community engagement events.
* The CPPD Citizens Police Academy and Junior Police Academy events are suspended or on hold until further notice.
* Increasing the cleaning schedule of our workspaces to protect our members and the public.

We are asking for the public's help by:
* Encouraging all victims who can file a crime report via telephone to do so.
* The public can also use the non-emergency line at (512) 260-4600 (ext. 0)
* Expect Officers or dispatchers in our Communications Department to make contact by phone.
* Stay informed by knowing where to find information. (See important links below).

"The Cedar Park Police Department values our face-to-face interactions with the public, but also recognize the need to do our part to protect the public and our members,” said Interim Chief Mike Harmon. “We are working in collaboration with our partners to prepare for and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and will continue to keep the public informed with relevant information. We are committed to taking appropriate actions that protect the safety and the health of our members and the community."


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/)

Texas Health and Human Services (https://hhs.texas.gov/)

World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/)

The Cedar Park Police Department will continue to release information related to our response as the situation needs change. To get the most updated information, follow us on Twitter @CedarParkPD and check our website at https://www.cedarparktexas.gov/departments/police-department

 

 

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 alicia.inns@cedarparktexas.gov
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