As the number of COVID-19 cases increases in Maryland, law enforcement agencies are executing plans to protect their police officers. The Prince George’s County Police Department announced it would no longer send its officers out to residents’ homes or businesses to take non-violent police reports.
Beginning at midnight on March 23, officers will no longer be dispatched to residents’ homes to take written crime reports. Residents are being asked to call 911 and give their phone numbers and details of the crimes they want to report. If a written report is needed, a member of the Prince George’s County Police Department will contact the caller and take the report over the phone.
The new initiative is only temporary and does not apply to crimes violent in nature, according to the report.
Maryland is reporting approximately 244 coronavirus cases, with 40 of those in Prince George’s County. The majority of the cases range between 18 and 64, with 200 falling in that category. 41 of the victims are 65 and older and three are under the age of 18.