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FWPD reacts to Hoosiers staying at home

Fort Wayne Police Department Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena wants to ensure the Fort Wayne community that they will still have access to essentials such as groceries and healthcare, and FWPD will remain to provide the protection the community needs.

Posted: Mar 23, 2020 7:41 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2020 11:04 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Governor Eric Holcomb’s order for Indiana residents to remain in their homes except for essential errands will affect the way operations are run throughout Allen County.

Fort Wayne Police Department Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena wants to ensure the Fort Wayne community that they will still have access to essentials such as groceries and healthcare, and FWPD will remain to provide the protection the community needs.

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“We don't shut down, we will always be here,” Rosales-Scatena said. “We will have a force always available for the community, and we are very focused on making sure everyone receives proper policing during this time.”

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Governor Holcomb said law enforcement will not issue citations for violations such as expired licenses or registrations.

“We will be more lenient with expired plates and those kinds of things because we know that those offices are going to be shut down,” Rosales-Scatena said.

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FWPD says they have not had any issues with having to break up gatherings in public places.

“We haven't really had a lot of instances like that at this point,” Rosales-Scatena said. “We don't foresee ourselves intervening like that unless it becomes an issue with criminal activity.”

Aside from staying at home, FWPD asks that only calls pertaining to ‘legitimate police business’ be made to the department to ensure those in need are able to receive the assistance necessary.

“The longer we are out and about leaving our mark everywhere we go, the longer this is going to stay in place,” Rosales-Scatena said. “If we all can batten down the hatches we will be able to get through this a lot more quickly.”

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