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Police are taking extra steps to keep themselves and citizens safe from COVID-19

GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - The Newberg-Dundee Police Department continues to staff full patrols as the city deals with the COVID-19 outbreak, but it has cut back on direct contact with citizens and has closed its headquarters at the Public Safety Building to visitors.

The scourge of the COVID-19 outbreak is making many people's jobs more difficult and the same is true for officers at the Newberg-Dundee Police Department as they aim to protect and serve while shielding themselves and others from the dangers of the virus.

According to a release provided by NDPD Public Information Officer Brian Hagen, the police department is still deploying fully-staffed patrol shifts. In order to protect citizens from COVID-19, however, the department has closed the lobby of the Public Safety Building and is encouraging people to make non-emergency calls to 503-538-8321.

NDPD has postponed all non-essential training and non-essential meetings, participating in necessary meetings through video teleconference or over the phone. The overall goal is to prevent a spread of the virus in the ranks and protect citizens as well.

Officers will send mail-out reports or handle calls over the phone when appropriate.

"They will attempt to handle calls outside in the fresh air when possible rather than going into homes, but will enter homes when necessary," Hagen said.

NDPD also plans to issue arrest citations on lower level criminal activity, limit contact between different divisions of its department and cancel all citizen ride-a-longs. The number of officers in one building at one time will be limited as NDPD attempts to conduct proper social distancing measures, and records staff will work remotely as much as possible during the pandemic.

An emergency schedule for officers is in place, Hagen said, and the department has ordered more personal protection equipment for its officers and staff such as respiratory masks, hand sanitizer and protective gloves.

For more information on NDPD's approach to the outbreak, visit www.newbergoregon.gov or visit the NDPD page on Facebook.


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