Meridian Township Police Department to limit in-person responses due to COVID-19

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MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) — The Meridian Township Police Department released a statement today saying that they will attempt to limit in-person responses due to COVID-19.

The department listed these examples of ways they will attempt to limit interactions:

  • Complaints which are civil in nature
  • Fraud and identity theft crimes where no suspect is identified
  • Frauds not occurring within our jurisdiction
  • Property crimes with damage or theft under $1,000
  • Lost property complaints
  • Private property accidents
  • Harassing communications

The department said if you find yourself involved in one of these incidents, call 517-332-6526.  A dispatcher will field your call and notify a police supervisor.  The supervisor will decide if an in-person response is necessary at that time.  If an in-person response is not necessary, an officer will contact you by phone to discuss your incident as soon as possible.

The department said they will continue to respond in-person to all violent and in-progress crimes and said citizens are encouraged to call 9-1-1 during these types of incidents. 

Callers are encouraged to notify dispatch if they believe they have symptoms related to COVID-19, so officers can take necessary precautions when responding.

The Meridian Township Police Department has also suspended all non-criminal fingerprinting and court ordered preliminary breath tests. The services will resume at a later date upon recommendations by the Ingham County Health Department.  All non-essential people will have limited access to the police department and are encouraged to call 517-853-4800 before coming into the department.

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