Police Response During CoVID-19

Police Services During COVID-19 Emergency

The Bloomfield Police Department will be implementing protective measures for police services within the Town of Bloomfield to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 virus. The following changes in services will be in effect to protect citizens and police employees alike. Effective 03/18/2020 at 6:45 a.m. The Bloomfield Police Department is temporarily requiring our Officers to limit their response to any calls that are not in progress or are non-violent offenses. When possible, calls for police services will be handled over the phone.

Crimes with no suspect information or evidence (fingerprints, video, witnesses, etc.) will be documented via a telephone conversation with a Bloomfield Police Officer. Officers will gather the appropriate information and issue a case number over the phone. In non-emergency situations, please do not come to the police department so person-to-person contact is avoided.

Citizens needing to report a crime should continue to call BPD at 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency and routine calls at 860-242-5501. People calling to receive Police and/or EMS services can expect to be asked a series of questions which will assist in screening potential exposure incidents. The caller may also be asked to meet the Officers/ EMS services outside if the caller is able to do so.

In compliance with Governor Lamont’s Executive Order NO. 7E, The Bloomfield Police Department will be suspending the fingerprinting availability function for the purposes of a criminal history records check, in order to limit the transmission of COVID-19 and to focus resources on critical public safety needs. There will be no civilian fingerprinting until further notice.

The Bloomfield Police Department will waive fees associated with obtaining police reports for individuals who contact the Records Division by phone and allow the record to be mailed or emailed. The Records Division phone number is 860-242-5501 extension 5102. For your convenience, Motor Vehicle Accident Reports are available on-line, and can be purchased, by clicking this link:

https://policereports.lexisnexis.com/search?AGENCY=IL0561800

When police officers respond to your home to investigate an incident, you may be asked to step outside to speak with the officer. This will allow you and the officer to maintain "social distancing" while an investigation is conducted. Officers, and all Town employees, have been discouraged from shaking hands or having any unnecessary physical contact with others. This is in no way a sign of disrespect; it is solely a measure intended to protect everyone’s health and safety.

The Bloomfield Police Department will continue to respond to emergencies and crimes in progress. The guidance defined here is intended to minimize direct person-to-person contact to safeguard people who need emergency services, as well as our police officers and other employees.