OLEAN, NY — Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, the Olean Police Department is preparing to change how it will respond to calls for service. 

In an effort to limit face-to-face interaction with the public, the department will allow people to file some police reports via email or phone call.  

According to a news release, police will still respond to many calls in person, including thefts and burglaries, welfare checks, vehicle crashes and life-threatening situations. Criminal investigations also will continue. 

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The department's records office will be closed, but requests for police records may be made over the phone by contacting the Olean Police dispatch at 716-376-5677.

The release stated, “We recognize that some face-to-face interactions with the public will be necessary, but recognize the need to do our part to protect the public and our officers, we will continue to keep the public informed with relevant information, and we appreciate the public’s understanding of our need to limit face-to-face contacts for the benefit of all.” 

For more information on the Coronavirus in the Greater Olean area, visit TAPinto Greater Olean's Coronvirus Updates page, which is updated continuously.

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