FLEMINGTON, NJ - Flemington Borough Police Chief Jerry Rotella said they have made a number of changes to their operations in an effort to stop coronavirus from affecting as many people as possible.

"During this difficult time for our community and the world, I’d like to reassure the residents that the Flemington Borough Police Department remains vigilant and steadfast in our response to the COVID-19 crisis," he said. "With that being said, our officers are on the front lines and essential to keeping our community safe. Following the recommendation of the Flemington Borough Office of Emergency Management, the Hunterdon County Department of Health, state and federal guidelines, we will be adapting to the way we handle our day-to-day business."

Those with an emergency should not hesitate to dial 911, and they will speak to a dispatcher who has been trained to ask additional questions to help the department respond better to the specific emergency.

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Rotella said that those who call for an ambulance will have officers dispatched to their location, but they will not be making contact with residents unless they are having a life threatening medical emergency or there is a security risk.

In addition, Rotella said, residents may see officers wearing masks and gowns, both for their protection and those of the residents.

Anyone with a non-emergency matter is asked to call 908-782-3434 and press option 7. An officer will return the phone call and take a report.

Anyone needing a copy of an investigation report or accident report should visit www.flemingtonpolice.org and click on the information/forms tab. Residents can then complete an OPRA request form and email it to msoltis@flemingtonpd.org.

The police secretary will be in during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but the door to police headquarters will be locked.

Anyone who needs to speak to an officer at police headquarters should open the phone box located to the right of the door, and speak to a dispatcher.

In addition, Rotella said, the Flemington Borough Municipal Court is closed to the public until further notice, but the court staff will be on location during normal business hours, so all questions can be directed to 908-782-5770.

All community relations events have been postponed until further notice.

"Once again the Flemington Borough Police Department prides itself on providing the best services to our community," Rotella said in the statement. "Our officers are trained and ready to handle the needs of our community during this very difficult time."