Albany Police Department Community Bulletin
Advisory: Public Health Order and Police Department Service Adjustments
On Monday, March 16, 2020, Alameda County’s Public Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan, along with the public health officers of six other Bay Area jurisdictions, issued a legal order directing residents to shelter at home for the next three weeks beginning March 17. The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs.
The Public Health Order became effective at midnight – 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17th and will continue until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The order may be extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the County’s Health Officer.
While this is an unprecedented situation, the police department will continue to respond to calls and provide service to our community. However, we are instituting some adjustments to our operational procedures. These temporary modifications are in no way intended to compromise the public’s safety. We ask for your assistance by being mindful of our efforts to prioritize safety for everyone.
- Our lobby is closed, but if you feel the need to conduct business at of our station, we would prefer a telephone call from your home first. If you must come to the station you may use the call button located outside of the lobby doors and you’ll be connected to our Communications Center. 9-1-1 and all non-emergency lines will continue to function as usual 24/7/365.
- In order to reduce the need for in-person contact or responding to your residence our Officers will take police reports by telephone or Facetime if at all possible. However, a phone or Facetime report may not be feasible for all crimes. We do ask that you consider the necessity for a report during the time of the Order.
- If officers come to speak with you they may keep their distance and/or ask you to come outside to speak with them. They aren’t being rude, they are just using good social distancing habits, and we encourage you to do the same.
- We have stopped enforcement of STREET SWEEPING and 90 MINUTE PARKING ENFORCEMENT. Other parking violations could be ticketed (i.e. red zones, fire hydrants etc.).
You can further assist us by visiting the Alameda County Public Health Department’s website when you have questions and reading their FAQ document. Please do not call 9-1-1 or our non-emergency lines with questions about the Order. Our Communications Center staff have the same documents and information that you have access to online. While we do have the authority to enforce the restrictions detailed in the Public Health Order, we believe that during these unprecedented times we will handle those types of calls with an educational and compassionate approach.
We ask that you be socially responsible and do your part to help slow the spread of this virus.
For more information on the outbreak of COVID-19, please visit the City’s webpages, which will be updated as more information is available: