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Hamilton County deputies, CPD officers will respond to certain calls to prevent spread of COVID-19

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Posted at 12:39 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 14:21:40-04

CINCINNATI — Hamilton County deputies and Cincinnati police officers will only respond to certain calls for service in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, officials said Monday.

Deputies and officers will prioritize calls and will respond to those that are necessary to protect the public, Neil said. These calls include: crimes in progress, violent crimes, crimes requiring the collection of evidence and structure fires.

Law enforcement officials will only respond to crashes when someone is injured, if a vehicle is blocking traffic or any other unusual circumstance.

Drivers involved in minor crashes should exchange information or go to the nearest Sheriff Enforcement District to file a report. Drivers have 72 hours to report a crash.

Drivers involved in crashes can also report through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles through this online form.

In addition, the Hamilton County Justice Center has taken the following measures:

· Suspended all inmate visits with family and friends.

· Suspended all Sunday church services.

· Suspended all contact visits with professionals such as attorneys.

· To prevent the virus from entering the jail, “Process Only” procedure will be reinstated which includes non-violent felony offenders.

· All services and programs have been suspended, including fingerprint services, background security checks and carry conceal gun permits.

· Any new arrest/commit that is exhibiting symptoms will be masked immediately and will be monitored by the Medical Health Care Provider.

· Any general population inmates who develop symptoms will be treated by our medical team and quarantined to his or her cell.