How Weatherford & SWOSU Police are handling Covid-19
Updated: Aug 25
During the breakout of Covid-19, Weatherford and SWOSU police have each taken extra measures to help ensure the safety of officers and the public. One example: eCitations.
By Kiersten Stone
During the breakout of COVID-19, Weatherford and SWOSU police have each taken extra measures to help ensure the safety of officers and the public.
Both departments are encouraging people to make reports over the phone rather than in person. They are handling as much as possible via telephone to reduce in person contact.
Digi-tickets to limit personal contact
At the Weatherford Police Department, officers have altered the way some duties are being done. One such duty is traffic stops. They have taken to issuing digi-tickets, or eCitations, after the person in question holds up his or her license for the officer.
Another change has been when responding to calls in person, everyone involved must remain 6 feet apart. When a person needs to come into the station, the officers make sure to wipe down the lobby after each visit to maintain a safe and clean atmosphere.
At SWOSU, many of the buildings have remained locked, but students are encouraged to call the number posted on the doors if they are needing access. SWOSU police are holding off on issuing decals to new students or students in need of a new decal. The department is responding to emergencies and other calls that they are unable to handle via telephone also.
“I am so proud of citizens and college students for distancing,” Louis Flowers, Weatherford chief of police, said. “They have been a big help. I can’t thank everyone enough for doing the right thing.”
One rumor that has gone around Weatherford during this time of social distancing has been that there is a curfew in place. No one was to be out after midnight unless deemed necessary. However, Flowers has denied that this is true. The only curfew is the juvenile curfew that remains in place as always, he said.