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Sanibel police announce modified response for non-emergency calls

By Staff | Mar 18, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Sanibel Police Department reported that it is modifying operations to limit exposure to its personnel and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The department continues to immediately respond to emergency calls for service. However, given the current circumstances, it will handle many non-emergency calls over the telephone. Some examples that can be handled over the phone include:

– Identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card

– Past occurred theft

– Criminal mischief

– Lost property

– Property damage

– Past occurred neighborhood dispute

To make a report over the phone, call 239-472-3111.

To request a copy of a previously filed police report, email Records@mysanibel.com.

In addition, the Sanibel Police Department reported that its dispatchers are screening calls and asking callers if they are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, like fever, chills and coughing. Additionally, before officers respond to calls for service, dispatchers will ask any parties involved to step outside to speak with the responding officer(s) and to maintain a safe social distance. These steps are an effort to ensure the safety of the responding officers.

The department thanked the community for its understanding and cooperation during this time. It also assured the public that it is still in full operation to safeguard the citizens of Sanibel. The precautions are temporary and are in place out of an abundance of caution for the safety of the community.