Please click HERE to watch the Chief of Police addressing modifications to police services following Champaign County’s first confirmed case of COVID-19.
Hi, I’m Anthony Cobb, City of Champaign Chief of Police.
As you are aware, it was announced yesterday Champaign County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19. As the Chief, I can promise you public safety remains our top priority. For the past several days, my command staff has been preparing to make sure we are able to maintain necessary police operations. During these uncertain times, it’s important we take a proactive approach for the prevention and management of COVID-19. This includes the proper practice of social distancing. As a result, we have made modifications in the manner we will be able to interact with the public.
These changes involve non-emergency customer services. For any incident that does not present a significant threat to life or property, the Officer will begin the initial investigation over the phone. Examples may include, but are not limited to, loud music, abandoned vehicles or the investigation of a burglary that happened days ago. If it is determined an in-person response is warranted, the officer will keep a safe distance from the reporting party. These steps are to limit citizen exposure and to maintain a properly staffed police force.
Rest assured, we will continue to respond to emergencies, priority crimes and to accidents with injuries so you receive the care you need. Additionally, our investigative efforts to find and hold accountable individuals who violate the law will not stop.
These modifications are necessary for the health, safety and welfare of our community and first responders. We are continuing to consult with public health officials and countywide leaders to assess the COVID-19 situation. As soon as we can safely rescind these modifications, we will resume our normal, in-person community engagement and customer service efforts. As a reminder, our Department is not currently accepting walk-in reports, but we remain happy to assist you by phone or online.
We will continue to keep you informed of any changes. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this together.