WCBS Newsradio 880 reported that both Nassau and Suffolk County Police departments on Long Island have curtailed operations due to the spiraling COVID-19 epidemic and are urging the public not to visit police precincts unless absolutely necessary.
In an effort to protect their officers and other workforce members from the recent surge of coronavirus infections, both Nassau County Police Department and Suffolk County Police Department have asked the public not to visit their facilities or precincts unless necessary.
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Suffolk County Police are maintaining 24 hours / 7 days access but stated “the department is encouraging people to not visit precincts unless critically necessary.” Fingerprinting services have been suspended and access to SCPD HQ at 30 Yaphank Avenue in Yaphank has been limited to the lobby. The public is asked to report incidents online or by phone when possible, or an officer can be requested to take a report in the field.
Nassau County Police Department is mandating social distancing in facilities where reports are taken.
“Due to an increase in the COVID infection rate in communities across Suffolk County, the department is re-implementing protective measures that are designed to protect both the public and our employees,” stated the Suffolk County Chief of Department in a statement. “The department strives to maintain services utilizing alternatives to in person contact during this period and will resume normal operations when it is deemed safe to do so.”