Falls City Police Department taking precautions

The Falls City Police Department has said that to limit the exposure to their officers and staff. They will take certain logical precautions and have modified some procedures to reduce exposure during their community interaction.
There will be some changes in the way that Police Officers interact with them in the community. Officers may practice social distancing by limiting handshakes and follow the recommended guidelines from federal, state, and local experts. The public may also notice Officers in patrol units completing reports and fielding complaints. These patrol units may be stationary for a time.
Falls City Police Department Officers are authorized to use telephone reporting for calls for service that do not require immediate Law enforcement responses. The Department requests that these calls be reported to the Police Department’s non-emergency line, 402-245-4422. If an Officer is not immediately available, they will contact you by phone.
The Police Department has asked that people start exchanging names and information when involved in an accident. If such an accident results in an injury or substantial damage, the Police Department will respond; however, they may take additional precautions for the health and safety of the officers and parties involved.
The Falls City Police Department will be utilizing Personal Protective Equipment so they may be wearing gloves, face masks, and eye protection. They may be wearing a protective piece of apparel such as a gown, apron, or smock.
On calls requiring an Officer to respond to a residence, the reporting party will be asked some screening questions and may be asked to come out of their residence to make a report.
When you contact the Police Department for an emergency, you will likely be asked these screening questions also. This process includes ambulance calls. The Department asks for the public’s understanding as they get services there as quickly as possible.
If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please make sure you tell the call taker or the Officer responding so they may take any needed precautions before arrival.
Additional services such as fingerprinting may be done on a case by case basis; dog licenses will be extended, and the Clinic offered may be held at a later date; they are also asking that people limit their presence in the Department’s lobby. Call the non-emergency line, 402-245-4422.
The Department is actively encouraging that citizens keep their property and buildings clean and orderly during this time. This is to limit officer exposure to unnecessary contact and to further assist with offer time restraints.
“These changes in our operations are challenging for the community, and our staff, we are committed to the safety and security of the Falls City Community, and this is our top priority,” stated Police Chief Duane Armbruster.

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