Despite some changes in policy during this time of uncertainty, Detective Lt. John Nagle of the Glen Cove Police Department said he was certain that they would continue doing their jobs. “We’re here,” he said. “We really are.”
During the pandemic, non-police personnel will not be permitted to enter the police department building. All police reports will be done over the phone instead of in-person. This is done, Nagle said, to limit in-person interactions between police and the community.
Glen Cove police officers will have protective equipment when responding to residents who are sick. Additionally, Nagle said if a business that was deemed non-essential were to stay open during this time, the GCPD would speak with the owners and recommend they close.
Nagle added that the best way for residents to help is to stay home when possible, something which he said most residents are doing in adherence with federal, state and local orders.
“We really want to try to nip this in the bud,” he said.
Nagle said that the GCPD has noticed a decrease in crime due to residents’ social distancing and isolation practices. However, he said the department has noticed a slight rise in family offenses, such as domestic violence crimes.