Rockville, Maryland, March 20 – The Rockville City Police Department has made operational changes that will allow city police to continue serving the city while protecting the health and safety of the Rockville community and police employees during the COVID-19 emergency.
Effective Friday, March 20, administrative offices at the police station, 2 W. Montgomery Ave., will be closed to the public until further notice, and the following services will be suspended:
- Parking permit registration.
- Animal licensing registrations and renewals.
- Fingerprinting services.
- Incident or accident report pickups.
- Animal control violations payments.
Speed, red light and parking tickets may be paid online. Late fees will be waived.
Portions of the police station will remain open 24/7, including the lobby entrance near the visitor parking lot, and the police communications center. Community members in need of in-person assistance are encouraged to practice social distancing. To request non-emergency assistance, call 240-314-8900. In the event of an emergency, call 911.
City police are taking reports by telephone for lower-level and nonviolent crimes. Depending on the nature of the report, callers may be told that an officer will return their call to gather additional information.
The telephone reporting system allows officers to respond to higher-priority calls. Calls involving an immediate emergency or requiring more in-depth investigation will be dispatched as usual.
Police communications operators have begun screening callers by asking questions related to COVID-19. This will help to ensure that officers follow proper protocol and protective measures, preserving the safety of community members and police personnel.
“The safety and well-being of our community, officers and staff remains our highest priority,” said Rockville City Police Chief Victor Brito. “These are difficult and unprecedented times for everyone, and our concern remains for our Rockville community and personnel. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience as we navigate this new normal.”
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