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Brazos Valley first responders release joint statement on the coronavirus

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Posted at 6:17 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 19:17:32-04

BCSO, Bryan PD, College Station PD and TAMU PD released a joint statement on the coronavirus pandemic.

They say 1st responders are out on the front lines every day protecting and serving the citizens of the Brazos Valley communities. The departments are also working together to institute the safest possible measures to provide continuity of service to those in need.

"As of this time, there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in the local area, but it is important to proceed with an abundance of caution in all that we do to reduce the direct impact if that changes. As such, local agencies are working together to institute processes to reduce unnecessary interaction that can lead to an elevated risk of exposure for the public and emergency personnel," the statement says.

In the event of in-progress and emergency situations, local Police, Fire and EMS personnel will be dispatched to assist those in need of such services as usual.

When callers report non-emergency incidents, dispatch personnel will endeavor to ascertain if sending 1st responders is the safest course of action for the public and the responders.

This will result in the call-taker asking additional questions to ensure safety protocols are utilized for COVID-19 to minimize virus spread and serve citizens in the safest way possible.

Citizens will be referred to existing resources to report their incident in a way that does not necessitate response to their location when non emergency incidents are handled electronically or by telephone. This will primarily be accomplished by having the citizen file a phone report either by calling a designated location, or an officer calling the person back at a time that current calls for service permits.

"The men and women of your local Emergency Public Safety agencies are committed to providing the best and safest service to residents and visitors to our communities and your assistance in these times is greatly appreciated," the departments said.