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KPD reactivating COVID-19 precautions as cases increase

The Knoxville Police Department announced Thursday night that it would be re-implementing various safety precautions as cases of COVID-19 increase in the county and across the state.
Published: Nov. 12, 2020 at 8:29 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knoxville Police Department announced Thursday night that it would be re-implementing various safety precautions as cases of COVID-19 increase in the county and across the state.

Beginning 7 a.m. Friday, November 13, the following measures will be in place:

  • At the discretion of patrol supervisors, officers will limit their response to calls that involve the threat of violence, are emergency in nature, in-progress calls, or matters that require immediate police presence or intervention. In case of emergency, citizens should call 911 immediately. For non-emergency assistance, call 865-215-7268 or the KPD Crime and Drug Hotline at 865-215-7212.
  • Officers will not respond to non-injury crashes unless multiple cars are involved or the roadway is blocked. Drivers involved in non-injury crashes will be advised to exchange information and contact their respective insurance companies.
  • 911 call takers will screen callers for possible symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 if an officer is responding. If possible illness is identified, officers will ask the complainant to step outside.
  • The Animal Control Unit will respond to only emergency calls where an animal is in immediate danger or poses an immediate threat to the public.
  • Access to the Public Safety Building will be limited. Meetings with the Inspections Unit or the Criminal Investigations Division will be by appointment only. Those entering the Public Safety Building will be asked medical questions as recommended by CDC and have their temperature taken. Anyone with a temperature or symptoms of COVID-19 will not be granted access to the building.
  • Incident or crash reports must be obtained electronically. Crash reports can be acquired through the state website, https://apps.tn.gov/purchasetncrash/. Members of the public can also contact the Records Office at 865-215-7231 or email dpatty@knoxvilletn.gov.
  • City Court will not be in session until further notice. City Court will be sending reset notices to everyone who had an upcoming scheduled court date during this time. Anyone with concerns should call 865-215-7469.

The Knoxville Police Department will maintain its same presence and vigilance in the community, only with a continued focus on maintaining public health as well as public safety. The KPD will also continue to provide any updates regarding its operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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