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Public access closed to the Elizabethton Police Department

John Thompson • Updated Mar 25, 2020 at 8:28 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Public access to the Elizabethton Police Department has been closed in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The closure was made on Wednesday, the same day the Elizabethton City Hall and other municipal buildings and office closed public assets to those facilities until further notice.

The restrictions include the lobby of the police department and the Criminal Investigation Division in the basement of the Elizabethton Public Library. Access to the department will be closed until further notice.

Copies of traffic crash reports and police reports are available upon request by email to [email protected] or by telephone at 423-542-4141, option 1. For non-emergency matters or for information, the public may call 423-542-4141. The records office and other administrative offices will continue to be staffed during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Emergency responses will remain the same an individuals should continue to call 911 to report an emergency, a crime in progress, or file a report with an officer at any time. The department’s police officers will continue their normal activities of patrolling and answering calls for service.

The department’s officers are continuing to follow the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines concerning the virus precautions for their personal safety and to reduce any virus spread. The department said officers will not hesitate to take enforcement actions and make arrests as necessary. Officers are handling some calls for service by telephone to help reduce personal contacts. Callers to the police department are requested to leave a good call back number

In concluding the announcement about the closure of public access, Chief of Police Jason Shaw wrote: “Our law-abiding citizens and visitors are often our best eyes and ears. If you have information regarding criminal behavior, please let us know.”

Those with a smartphone may download the free Elizabethton PD app to submit anonymous tips and photos at: http://www.elizabethton.org/departments/report_crime.php. You can also leave a tip by email at [email protected]. To send a tip by text: text keyword TIPEPD to 847411, add a space, type in your tip information and hit send. You may call in a tip by phone to 423-542-7574. Keep in mind, tip lines are not monitored 24/7.

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