Westminster police move closer to normal as shelter-in-place restrictions lift


When the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, the Westminster Police Department moved quickly to institute safety measures to protect its employees and the community at large. The agency closed the police station lobby to the public. Patrol officers were scheduled into four platoon shifts so that they worked with the same partners on every shift in order to avoid cross-contamination. Dispatchers also worked in platoon shifts and were sectioned off from the rest of the building. Phone calls were encouraged over in-person communication. Many employees worked from home when possible. Patrol officers were only…

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