As the ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order continues in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus local police agencies are reaching out to explain that they “are not being asked to detain, arrest, ticket or establish checkpoints for compliance.” and that “Rumors of strict law enforcement or “martial law” are not true.”
Below is the statement from Aberdeen Police Chief Steve Shumate.
On March 23rd, Governor Jay Inslee issued a “Stay at Home” order that went into effect immediately for the general public. Non-essential businesses were given until Wednesday March 25th at 5:30 pm to close down.
The Aberdeen Police Department wants to assure our citizens that we are committed to the safety and security of our community. The police department will remain visible and on patrol 24/7. The main office of the police department will remain open Monday through Friday though with restricted services and hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Citizens needing contact with an officer are still requested to call the Grays Harbor Communications center at 360-533-8765 or 911 for an emergency.
The police department has received a number of calls today with a variety of concerns by citizens. As it relates to the “Stay at Home” order, the department has no plans for detaining, arresting, ticketing, or establishing checkpoints for compliance with this “Stay at Home” order. Rumors of strict law enforcement or “martial law” are not true.
We view our role more as one of education. Educating residents on how to keep themselves safe, how to keep their families safe and most importantly, to keep the rest of the community safe, especially our vulnerable populations.
Our community has shown they understand the severity of the situation and are doing all they can already to keep themselves, their families and neighbors safe and healthy. When officers encounter people not complying with the “Stay at Home” order, we will remind them, as appropriate, of the recommendation and restrictions.
Rest assured we will continue to serve our community every minute of every day and we will always enforce the laws that keep people safe.
For more information on what constitutes essential services and other pertinent information relative to COVID-19, visit the City of Aberdeen’s website at www.aberdeenwa.gov ; Click on the ALERT tab at the top of the page and then the Covid-19 Information tab.
Thank you to the community members of Aberdeen for your patience and understanding.
Chief of Police