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SPD chief announces guidelines and restrictions in response to coronavirus

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – In response to the coronavirus threat, Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond has made the following announcements concerning the day-to-day operations at the police complex:

  • The Detective Bureau will be open, but on a limited basis. Citizens must call 318-673-6955 to schedule an appointment with an investigator. They must provide their name, contact number, report number, and nature of the request. An investigator will return their phone call and set up a time to meet with them.
  • Sex Offender Registration will be suspended until April 15, 2020. Sex Crimes investigators are reaching out to those required to register to notify them of the extension. Those needing to schedule an appointment with a Sex Crimes investigator should follow the instructions above.
  • Those without appointments will be not be allowed into any area outside of the front waiting area of the police station. Appointments will not be made at the window in the detective bureau. Police will take action in the event of an emergency.

If further information or assistance is needed, you may call the records office at 318-673-7085.

  • The patrol desk will remain open to the public for the time being but we ask citizens to call the patrol desk at 318-673-7223 to have their concerns addressed and avoid coming to the police station if possible.
  • ABO services have been suspended until further notice.
  • The Police and Fire Academy is restricting access to the facility. Those that need assistance can call 318-673-6766 for fire personnel and 318-673-7170 for police personnel.

These protocols have been implemented to avoid the gathering of too many patrons in the narrow hallways and small waiting areas of police buildings and encourage social distancing.

“We’re going to do whatever we have to do to make sure that the police department continues to provide the essential functions that we’re here for,” said Raymond.

The department is also enforcing the governor’s emergency proclamation closing certain businesses and limiting the number of people who can gather at one place at the same time, to help control the spread of the virus.

“We’re not looking to arrest people or put them in jail,” said Raymond. “We certainly want folks to understand the importance of following that declaration. If you’re not in compliance and we’re aware of it, we’re at least gonna come have a conversation with you.”

Chief Raymond said he is also preparing for a possible increase in crime, due to more people being out of school and work from coronavirus closures.

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