IMPORTANT COMMUNITY INFORMATION FROM CHIEF OF POLICE
An Important Public Message from Chief Michael Foltz:
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created concern for all of us and has prompted the need to alter operations. Our goal is to mitigate the exposure to the citizens we serve, as well as ensure the health and safety of our staff. Our police officers are an essential function in keeping our communities safe and therefore we must make certain they stay healthy in order to ensure our availability to serve you effectively.
Lower Pottsgrove Police Department is committed to providing quality law enforcement to our community. However, under the circumstances we are enacting temporary procedures that will minimize exposure risks. Despite these changes, you can be assured we will be providing the services you need, just in a slightly different fashion than you may be accustomed to.
Our officers will evaluate their response to all calls for service on a case-by-case basis. Non-priority cases that do not require a police officer to meet you face-to-face will be handled by a phone call. If the situation dictates a police response, the officer will coordinate with you to meet outside your home or business. We ask that everyone respect the social distancing recommendation from Center for Disease Control of maintaining a 6-foot barrier between the officer(s) and yourself. Emergency calls for service and crimes-in-progress will be handled with a direct, quick and efficient response.
Our officers will not be responding to medical assists unless it is a life-threatening emergency or the result of a criminal act, unless requested by our EMS providers. In the event an officer does respond, they have been instructed on proper protocols and supplied with personal protective equipment to be utilized as needed. Officers will still be responding to medical emergencies such as traumas, cardiac emergencies, etc.
Lastly, we are encouraging people to refrain from visiting our station in person. We recommend that if you need police services, other than for an emergency, to handle them by phone (610-326-1508). If you have an emergency call 9-1-1. Persons visiting our station will be met with signage requesting they call the desk and an officer will meet you outside the police lobby.
This is uncharted territory for all of us and we must work together to minimize the impact on our community! As the situation is fluid, we will be keeping you updated on any additional changes. We appreciate your patience and cooperation. We continue to serve you with pride and are dedicated to community service.
Michael A. Foltz
Chief of Police