HILLVIEW POLICE NEWSROOM

Keeping You, Your Family, & Our Community Informed

Hillview Police Implement COVID-19 Precautions to Protect Community & Staff
03/17/2020

The safety and well-being of those who live, work, and visit the Hillview community is the utmost concern of the police department. We are still serving you as normal but with a few changes to our procedures as a result of COVID-19. To continue to provide essential police services to the community, the department has taken the following steps to protect those we serve and our staff:

 

  • If a citizen is experiencing an emergency, they should dial 911 and an officer will respond to assist.

     

  • Citizens who need to report past-occurred crimes, or other crimes which they were inclined to visit police headquarters in-person to report, should call Bullitt County Dispatch’s non-emergency number at (502) 955-7480 to determine if an officer can assist over the phone, instead of in person.

     

  • Citizens experiencing non-emergency situations for specific incidents such as lost property, destruction of property, civil disputes, financial crimes, theft, alcohol violations, or harassing calls/emails an officer may be able to help via telephone. Officers will continue to respond to in-progress incidents, any incident that requires evidence processing, and incidents requiring immediate police intervention.

     

  • If anyone calls 911 for an emergency, or Bullitt County Dispatch’s non-emergency number (502) 955-7480, they should understand that the dispatchers have been instructed to ask additional questions regarding possible Coronavirus exposure factors for certain instances.

     

  • Citizens needing to obtain a copy of a motor vehicle collision report should not visit the Hillview Government Center or Hillview Police Department. You can obtain a copy of your motor vehicle collision report online at www.buycrash.com within 5-7 days after the date of the collision.

     

  • All public fingerprinting services we normally provide to citizens living in the area have been suspended until further notice. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

     

Officers have been instructed to take the following precautions when interacting with citizens in-person during calls for service, for both the protection of the person(s) they are assisting, as well as for the officers themselves:

 

  • Wear protective equipment such as latex gloves and protective masks if an officer suspects an individual is exhibiting signs of illness or has been in contact with a suspected Coronavirus patient.


  • Ask additional questions regarding the health of an individual, including possible recent travels or other personal contacts.

 

  • Limit unnecessary physical contact with non-arrestees, such as avoiding handshakes, and respect a larger social distancing space of ideally six (6) feet.

 

We have learned of several scams that are currently out there which are designed to take advantage of people's fears surrounding the Coronavirus. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are no approved vaccines, drugs or investigational products currently available to treat or prevent the Coronavirus. Avoid Coronovirus Scams by following these helpful tips;

 

  • Don't click on links from sources you don't know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device

 

  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying that they have information about the Coronavirus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the websites for the CDC and Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. We've provided links to both of these websites at the bottom of this page.

 

  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There are currently no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - online or in stores.

 

  • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding websites. Don't let anyone rush you into making a decision. If someone wants you to donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money - simply don't do it.

 

Researchers have learned that the elderly may be particularly susceptible to Coronavirus, which can cause pneumonia and symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. Please be sure to check on the elderly in your life and your elderly neighbors.

 

We need to take into account both the health of the community and our staff members. These measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution for the community we serve, and for our staff members to adequately provide the level of service that is expected by the community. 

 

These are important reminders on how you can protect the health of you and your family:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you feel ill.
  • Do not go to a hospital if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and have been in close contact with a person known to have confirmed Coronavirus. Call your healthcare professional or the Kentucky COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725 for guidance.

 

Stay informed and up to date with information on this fluid and ever-changing situation by visiting the following websites:

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/Pages/covid19.aspx

 

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