Sunday, March 15, 2020

Public Safety Announcement

In light of the recent Coronavirus Pandemic and the Declaration of a National Emergency, in an attempt to limit the possibility of our Law Enforcement Officers being exposed to the COVID-19 virus the Riverside Police Department wants to keep the public apprised of how we will be providing some of our police services.

 
We, like many other entities, are monitoring all available information and regularly re-assessing the situation and methods to continue to provide the best possible service to the Community.


Our first responders will be taking extra precautions to protect not only themselves, but you in the community as well. If you have a non-emergency need for police assistance, we recommend calling our non-emergency number at 856-461-3434. 


Burlington County Central Communications call-takers will screen your call and send an officer if there is an immediate threat to you or another person’s safety. If you are calling for any non-life threatening matter, i.e. past tense criminal offenses, local ordinances, traffic violations, our officers will attempt to handle the call by phone. Please ensure you provide accurate call back information to Central Dispatch.


If you would like to take advantage of using the internet to limit social interaction, we have launched an enhanced online reporting process for incidents that can be handled via phone, email and online.  RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT ONLINE REPORTING FORM
 

If you or a family member have been sick, please relay this information to our officers so we can protect ourselves; but more importantly limit the chance of spreading the virus to others within the community.


If you or a family member in your household believe you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, please advise Central Dispatch of that concern. You may be asked to provide answers to the following questions from Central Dispatch or an officer if they arrive on location:
1) Is anyone in the building self-quarantined?
2) Is anyone in the building exhibiting flu like symptoms?
3) Has anyone in the building traveled outside of the county or to any area affected by COVID-19?


The Riverside Township Police Department is still handling ALL non-emergency and emergency calls during this crisis and we will continue to serve you during this trying time. We will get through this together as a community.


Please try and have patience with each other and our officers, as we as first responders cannot stay home from our jobs. We will be here to help you, so please help us by following the information we have listed.


Our best recommendation is to stay calm and stay informed.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html


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