KERRVILLE, Texas — During such an unusual time when no-one is immune to COVID-19, the Kerrville Police Department has made some changes regarding the ways that they interact with the community and enforce the law.
Public Information Sergeant Jonathon Lamb answered some questions from Texas Breaking News regarding recent changes in protocol.
Q. Is KPD still operating as normal?
A. Yes, we are still operating as usual. We are still patrolling, conducting traffic stops and making arrests as needed.
Q. What precautions is KPD taking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19?
A. We are taking all the common-sense precautions that we hope everyone is taking: washing hands frequently with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when hand washing isn’t available, social distancing, and avoiding face touching.
Q. Is your lobby open? Can residents still call the police department like normal?
A. We have started screening callers and visitors to our lobby with a standard checklist, in order to determine if the caller (or visitor) is displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19 prior to contact with officers.
The Kerr County Jail has also instituted a screening process, according to KPD, by checking the temperatures of subjects who are arrested.
Sheriff Hierholzer told Texas Breaking News that the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office is also operating normally and when asked about the lack of arrests lately, he said that it seems that people are staying home.
According to data provided by Crimemapping.com, police reports filed during the past week are down in Kerrville by over 50% versus the week prior.
Stay safe Kerrville.