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Blythe Police to Temporarily Close Station Lobby

March 20, 2020

BLYTHE, Calif The Blythe Police Department is still providing the necessary public safety needs to our communities during this national state of emergency. Our officers, dispatchers, and support staff will continue to respond to all calls for service. But out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to temporarily close public access to our police facility in our increased efforts to protect our community from COVID-19.

We are urging the public to report past non-emergency crimes by telephone. These types of crimes would include vehicle burglary, theft, vandalism, lost property, trespassing, theft of utility services, or illegal dumping. Call (760) 922-6111 ext.5 to report these non-emergency crimes.

Many of our services will still be handled as normal, but here are some that will be affected during this COVID-19 pandemic.

POLICE RECORDS REQUESTS: All police records requests or inquiries will only be made by phone at (760) 922-6111, ext. 5, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays.

VEHICLE RELEASES: Towed and/or repossessed vehicle releases will be done by appointment only by calling (760) 922-6111 ext. 5, to schedule an appointment.

PROPERTY RELEASE: Property releases will be conducted by appointment only. Obtain an appointment by using the telephone number provided above from Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

PERMITS: No police regulated permits will be issued at this time.

LIVESCAN SERVICES: Live-scan services will be scheduled on a case by case basis only.

VEHICLE CITATION SIGN-OFFS: No vehicle citation corrections will be signed off until normal hours resume.

The Blythe Police Department and City Leaders continue to actively monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and are working closely with the Riverside County Department of Public Health and other agencies. We are adhering to all recommendations being made by the Department of Public Health regarding any possible exposure to our officers, and will keep taking the necessary precautions that allow us to provide the best possible service to our community. As a reminder, all public safety emergencies should be reported to 9-1-1.

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