City police fully staffed amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Poughkeepsie city police

POUGHKEEPSIE – Police Chief Tom Pape says that his department is operational and fully staffed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pape noted that the department’s support staff is currently working from home which might lead to minor delays for non-essential business.

“At this time the 911 center is fully staffed and operational for emergency calls. All emergency police calls will be answered and police officers will be dispatched to the location,” said Pape.

The following are procedures that will be followed by police department personnel regarding non-emergency calls for service and reports being filed. 

1 – The lobby of the police station continues to be open 24 hours per day. Any visitors to the lobby to make a non-emergency police report will be limited to one person inside at a time. 2 – All “non-emergency” police reports can be made by using “online reporting.” 

All “non-emergency” calls requesting an officer will be screened by a public safety dispatcher. Some calls may be handled by an officer or civilian over the phone and a report filed.

Responding police officers will limit their exposure during responses to non- emergency calls. Reporting persons/complainants will be requested to meet officers outside of their residence or current location. The officers will offer further direction to reporting persons/complainants.

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