The Norfolk Police Department says it wants residents to use its Citizens Online Reporting System for incidents related to property damage, stolen property, harassment, thefts, and shoplifting in an effort to support social distancing and reduce potential exposure to COVID-19.
Police will continue to respond to calls for service, especially those related to a violent crime including reports of missing or endangered individuals while some officers will also be assigned to the Emergency Operations Center to support dispatchers and address non-emergency calls for service, according to a press release.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the Norfolk Chief of Police, Larry Boone, said he had to find a way to still provide optimal service while reducing the chances officers and community members could be exposed to the Coronavirus.
“I look forward to getting back to some form of normalcy,” said Chief Boone. “And I encourage everyone to do their part in reducing their chances of exposure.