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Meridian Police Department coronavirus guidelines for emergency and non-emergency police response. E

Meridian, MS - The Meridian Police Department is taking extra steps to protect citizens and employees against the evolving Coronavirus threat. During this time we will continue to provide core services to citizens by responding to calls for service, taking reports, working traffic accidents, and protecting our community. However, in order to minimize community spread of the virus, the below changes have been implemented until further notice.

Emergency Calls for Service – Meridian Police will continue to respond to all emergency calls for service. Meridian Detectives will respond to all crime scenes where there is evidence to collect.

Filing police reports and/or Non-emergency calls — We are in the process of reducing a physical response to calls in certain circumstances. Many police reports and non-emergency calls can be taken by phone by calling the non-emergency number at 601-485-1893 (press 2 when asked) or 601-484-6845. You can speak directly to an officer over the phone to discuss important details about your case. Officers will still respond to your location to take reports in person if the circumstances deem it necessary.

Records requests — At this time, citizen requests for records, wreck reports, and payment of fines or any other related court operations are being processed.

Fingerprinting — All applicant fingerprinting services are suspended until further notice.

Officers Response to Calls — Our officers have been instructed to take additional steps to promote “social distancing.” If officers respond to your home or workplace to assist you with a call for service, you may be asked to step outside to speak to them. They may stand at a greater distance than normal while engaging you to ensure that we can continue to provide quality service to all of Meridian’s citizens and visitors.

Meridian Animal Control — The City shelter will be closed for normal business hours for adoptions, owner surrenders, stray drop-offs and reclaims. There is an on-call Animal Control Officer to handle these situation or any emergencies that arise. You may call 601-485-1893 (press2) or 601-484-6845 to request an Animal Control Officer contact you or to request assistances.

We ask that you refrain from coming to the Police Department if you are running or have been running fever, or any other symptoms, please DO NOT come into our headquarters. We are strongly recommending the use of a phone to report non-emergency.

We are taking these measures to protect the health and safety or our officers and employees. The Police Department needs to maintain a functioning healthy Police force to respond to emergency calls for service. Thank you.

For more information, call (601) 485-1841

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