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 The Shelby Township Police Department’s lobby has reopened to help visitors, and anyone who might forget a mask or who would like one while at the department can get one from the department.

The Shelby Township Police Department’s lobby has reopened to help visitors, and anyone who might forget a mask or who would like one while at the department can get one from the department.

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Shelby Township, Utica police taking precautions amid coronavirus pandemic

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published June 23, 2020

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Police departments are making changes to the way their work is being done to account for the novel coronavirus.

With recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Shelby Township and Utica police departments are changing how employees, visitors and suspects interact throughout the day.

Some of the things that have changed include the wearing of masks, social distancing and more.

The Utica Police Department has seen a number of changes since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Sean Coady, the Utica Police Department chief, said the department has been following the CDC guidelines with new equipment and protective gear.

“At this time, the department is following the CDC guidelines as much as possible. Officers are equipped and trained with personal protection equipment, and dispatch inquires about COVID with calls that result in police, Fire or EMS response,” Coady said via email.

The department is still functioning as it used to, but the Police Department remains closed to the public to keep employees safe. Residents can still call police for any needs.

Suspects in custody are also required to wear masks to protect both the officers and the suspects.

“We continue to maintain a closed station and work area to ensure that staff remain protected to the best of our ability. In custody, subjects are required to wear masks and are processed as quickly as the court can prepare paperwork,” said Coady.

The Shelby Township Police Department has also seen a lot of changes in order to keep both residents and employees safe.

Shelby Township Police Capt. Jason Schmittler said there have been a lot of changes, such as weekly sanitation of the building, self-checks and screenings.

“There has been, of course, a lot of procedure changes, such as self-checks and screenings, and officers were equipped with masks from the start (of the virus outbreak). There are weekly sanitations. If we don’t have to go out to an incident, we are taking some reports over the phone, and it is up to the officers’ discretion. We are social distancing when we can. Anything in progress, we do still go out. Things have changed, and we know that,” he said.

Schmittler said that the department’s lobby has reopened to help visitors and anyone who may forget a mask or who would like one while at the department is able to get one from the department.

“The lobby is now open, and we have a glass window to protect the workers and the visitors and offer masks to people who walk in, if they want them,” he said.

For more information, call the department at (586) 731-2121.