March 17, 2020
In response to the growing concern of community spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Matthews Police Department has developed contingency plans to ensure that our standard of public safety remains consistent and impactful throughout. Matthews officers will continue to perform ALL of their current patrol duties to include proactive patrols along with any other tactics that are usually practiced to combat and deter crime.
Until further notice, calls received at Matthews Police Department Communications requesting a police response will be screened to identify if there is a possibility of any exposure to the officer(s). PLEASE answer these questions accurately and honestly as officers WILL still respond to assist you in instances that require one. The questions are:
- Have you recently experienced a fever and/or cough?
- Have you traveled outside of the state in the last 14 days?
Voluntarily providing our telecommunicators with this information will better prepare the responding officer(s) for any additional precautions they might need to take upon their arrival. Your answers will remain confidential and are only necessary to help reduce the chance of first responders being exposed.
Several surrounding agencies, along with the Matthews Police Department, have a contingency partnership plan in place for personnel to have the ability to assist an outside agency if staffing becomes an issue due to quarantine or confirmed exposure.
“I want to be clear, that the implementation of these measures, is not a call for concern, or an announcement of the refusal of essential services, but necessary precautions that we must take to ensure that your public safety professionals have the best chance of remaining healthy to continue to effectively do their jobs of keeping Matthews safe.” Matthews Police Chief Clark A. Pennington said.