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Green Bay Police changing procedure in reaction to coronavirus

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Posted at 2:49 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 15:49:43-04

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) -- Green Bay Police is changing some of its procedure to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

In a news release Tuesday, the department lists the following changes to procedure:

• All non-employees are prohibited from ente ring the police department.

• All department tours, presentations, training, and travel have been suspended.

• Officers will encourage “Social Distancing.”

• Officers may ask you to step outside to talk as a practice of social distancing.

• Officer are given the discretion to investigate incidents over the phone.

• Police encourage residents to complete an on line report

• Employees may call complainants back and initiate a report which can be followed up on at a later date.

• Officers are authorized to make phone contact with complainants in situations where face-to-face contact isn’t required.

• Tours, ride alongs, fingerprints, out of state travel, trainings and roll call are suspended.

• Police are implementing a telecommuting procedure for employees to work off site.

These changes come as other law enforcement agencies in Northeast Wisconsin announced changes in reaction to COVID-19. Both Neenah Police and the Brown County Sheriff's Office announced changes earlier in the week.