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State Police efforts to reduce exposure to coronavirus for employees, citizens

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Posted at 7:36 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 19:36:52-04

The Maryland State Police are continuing to take steps to reduce the potential of exposure to their employees and the citizens they serve.

They include the following:

CALLS FOR SERVICE:

In addition to the information routinely obtained during a 911 call or other request for police service, callers will be asked additional questions that include:

  • Do you, or anyone with you, have a fever?
  • Do you, or anyone with you, have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath?
  • Do you, or anyone with you, have a cough?

If the answer is yes to those questions, or anytime a trooper responds to a scene suspected to be associated with COVID-19, the information will be relayed to the duty officer who will ensure all troopers responding to the scene put on the personal protective equipment they carry.

Contact will also be made with emergency medical services for assistance, if possible. When possible, contact with all victims, witnesses or suspects will be made outside of the home or building in order to reduce exposure.

If possible, a distance of six feet from all persons will be maintained. Persons should not be offended if troopers maintain their distance or have protective equipment on during the encounter. Precautions are being taken to protect our employees and our citizens.

TELEPHONE REPORTING:

Troopers will take reports by telephone from incidents including the following:

  • malicious destruction of property
  • theft
  • tampering with a vehicle
  • attempted vehicle theft
  • credit or debit card theft
  • telephone misuse
  • trespassing (not in progress)

Troopers will continue to respond and will not take a report via telephone if:

  • the incident is in-progress
  • the suspect is still on scene, in the vicinity, or the potential for immediate arrest exists
  • there is any injury or the likelihood for injury exists
  • an identifiable suspect exists
  • there is physical evidence

ACCESS TO BARRACKS:
Citizens are asked to limit any personal visits to a barrack to emergency issues or situations absolutely necessary. Upon arrival, they will see signs posted at the entrance notifying them that if they are sick, they are not to enter the barrack. For those who do enter, screening questions may be asked by the duty officer.

Anyone planning to visit a State Police barrack for a safety equipment repair order verification should delay that visit. The state of emergency declaration has suspended the due date of repair orders until 60 days after the state of emergency has been lifted.

MARYLAND STATE POLICE LICENSING DIVISION:

The Maryland State Police Licensing Division at 1111 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, is closed to the public for walk-in service.

The Licensing Division remains open and will continue to serve the citizens of Maryland and process all applications and requests in accordance with statutory and regulatory requirements.