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Law enforcement dealing with flood of calls after governor order

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Posted at 1:16 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 14:16:38-04

Dispatch and law enforcement agencies in Northeast Wisconsin say they're getting a lot of calls following a "Safer At Home" order from Governor Evers.

The new order issued Tuesday prohibits all nonessential travel, with some exceptions. The order has prompted some people to call law enforcement for clarity on what is allowed.

Green Bay Police posted to Facebook twice about the order:

Additionally, the emergency dispatch in Fond du Lac County issued a news release asking people to stop calling the dispatch center for questions and guidance about Governor Evers' order.

"Since Governor Evers announced his intentions to issue the 'safer at home' order, our dispatch center has received a significant number of calls from people wanting information and getting frustrated at the dispatchers when they cannot provide the information they are asking for," the news release states. "The dispatchers need to be available to take calls for people who need police, fire and EMS assistance. Even if you call the non-emergency number, you are taking a dispatcher out of service, not allowing them to provide the emergency assistance they need to."

Anyone with questions regarding the new order is asked to go to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website for coronavirus information as well as any updates from the Governor.