Mar 23, 2020 9:54 PM

Omaha police taking extra precautions to keep citizens, officers safe

Posted Mar 23, 2020 9:54 PM

OPD News Release

OMAHA, Neb.-The Omaha Police Department is taking additional precautions to keep our citizens and officers safe as our community deals with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Starting Tuesday, March 24, 2020, all of the Front Desks at our precincts will be closed. The Front Desk at Central Police Headquarters, 505 South 15th Street, will remain open daily but the hours and services available will change. The hours will be 8 am-4 pm. The following services will not be available: fingerprinting and firearms registrations. If you need a file a report for a non-emergency incident please call 402-444-4877.

Copies of police reports can be requested in writing to 505 South 15th Street, Attention: Records Manager, Omaha, Nebraska, 68102 or purchased in person at Central Police Headquarters daily from 8 am-4pm. If a report is requested in writing, please include the report number and a $5 check or money order made out to the Omaha Police Department. Accident Reports can be requested on-line and paid with a Visa, MasterCard or E-Check. There is a convenience fee.

The department has created a call center that will be located at the West Precinct, 20924 Cumberland Drive and will start taking calls tomorrow at 10 am. Citizens are encouraged to call 402-444-4877 to make any non-emergency reports. If a citizen calls 911 for a non-emergency, the 911 dispatcher will reroute the call to the call center which will handle most priority 3, 4 and 5 calls. Examples of these lower priority calls range from an assault report where the suspect is not present, auto theft report and theft from vehicle report. The call center will be staffed with sworn and non-sworn personnel.

We appreciate the community working with us as we deal with the Coronavirus pandemic. We like many other organizations are taking necessary steps to protect our employees and the community. We will get through this together.

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At Eagle Radio of Hays, we are committed not only to serving our listening and online audiences, but also helping our business partners and advertisers during this difficult time. 

Already, in this time of social distancing, we see businesses across the area working hard to take care of their employees and customers by creating a safe shopping, dining or service environment. Getting the message of those efforts out to the public not only helps to protect businesses but assists in instilling a sense of confidence and calm to the community in the face of the serious situation we face.

“Across each of our markets in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri we at Eagle Communications pledge to help our communities to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Local businesses want you to know they are taking the necessary measures to provide a safe place where you can shop, dine out, and support your local community during this difficult time,” said Kurt David, president and CEO of Eagle Communications. “Go to helpstopthespread.org for a list of local businesses who have taken the pledge to help stop the spread.”

To help “get the word out” about local businesses, Eagle Radio of Hays is offering a free directory of businesses that “Take the Pledge to Stop the Spread” by following the simple guidelines put forth by the World Health Organization.

Businesses in each of our markets pledge to keep the following standards of safety:

1.  Make sure your workplaces are clean and hygienic.

2.  Promote regular and thorough hand-washing by employees, contractors and customers.

3. Promote good respiratory hygiene in the workplace.

4. Advise employees and contractors to consult national travel advice before going on business trips.

5. Brief employees, contractors and customers that if COVID-19 starts spreading in your community anyone with even a mild cough or low-grade fever (100.4 degrees or higher) needs to stay at home. They should also stay home (or work from home) if they have had to take simple medications, such as paracetamol/acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin, which may mask symptoms of infection.

Visit www.helpstopthespread.org to access a list of businesses who have taken the pledge. To have your business added to the free listing, contact your Eagle Radio of Hays representative or call (785) 301-2211.