Pullman PD suspends in-person operations due to COVID-19

Some services can still be completed online, through mail; reports can be made over phone

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BENJAMIN MICHAELIS

The Pullman Police Department is closed to visitors and in-person services.

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen news editor

The Pullman Police Department closed its in-person operations due to an increase of local COVID-19 cases. 

In-person operations like facility tours, citizen ride-alongs and some fingerprinting services are suspended until further notice, said Pullman Police Cmdr. Jake Opgenorth. However, operations like paying for parking tickets or animal licensing are able to be done online and through the mail, respectively. 

Visitors are not allowed into the building, but Pullman PD employees will continue working in-person, he said. Employees are screened every day, their temperatures are checked daily and they are asked if they are feeling sick. 

Individuals who need to make a report are asked to call Whitcom Emergency 911 Center’s non-emergency number at (509) 332-2521 or call 911 if it is an emergency, he said. 

If the caller’s situation can be handled over the phone, then that is the department’s preferred method, he said. However, the department will also do in-person meetings if it is necessary. Patrolling and other emergency services will not be affected. 

“I don’t think the public, in general, is going to see a difference in anything,” he said.