MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Police Department has responded to the global COVID-19 pandemic by implementing interpersonal limitations, officials announced Tuesday.
Chief of Police Todd Conforti issued the protocols to the public to protect officers from non-emergency contact. Effective immediately, the public can call-in non-emergency matters. They can also retrieve reports from accidents online.
This comes after a fourth COVID-19 case has been reported in Montclair.
Montclair Township has extended the limitation of physical public access to all municipal offices including but not limited to the Municipal Building, Police Department Headquarters, Fire Department Headquarters, Fire Stations, Department of Community Services and Department of Utilities until further notice.
Currently, all offices are open. There will be municipal staff available during business hours to answer phone or email to conduct business. Township officials urge residents, businesses, and property owners to use all online options including online bill payment.
The Building Department will be accepting permit applications only for essential work (work that is necessary to maintain a structure’s critical services such as gas, electric, cooking and sanitary) and Building Department and Fire Department inspections will be suspended. Inspectors will work with state-licensed contractors to self-certify essential work performed and then a physical inspection can occur at a later time.
For detailed information, see below:
NOTICE FROM THE MONTCLAIR CHIEF OF POLICE
Due to the National State of Emergency and to limit interpersonal contact as recommended by state and national health agencies, the following protocols are in effect:
- The lobby to the Montclair Police Department will be closed to the general public. In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1. For non-emergent calls, please call 973-744-1234.
- If you are at the Montclair Police Department and need help, please speak to the personnel assigned to the window on the left inside the front vestibule of the entry doors located at 647 Bloomfield Avenue.
- The Montclair Police Department will accept reports over the telephone for non-emergencies. Police personnel will screen your call and determine if it is appropriate to take the report over the phone or if police will respond to take the report personally. Police will continue to respond to all emergency calls and other calls where it is determined that a response is necessary.
- Effective immediately and until further notice, The Montclair Police Department’s Records and Identification Bureau will be closed to walk-in business.
a. For copies of Police Reports, please call 973-509-4727 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or email email@example.com. Reports can be emailed to you or sent via regular mail.
b. Reports are available online at crashdocs.org for any accidents occurring on or after March 13, 2020.
c. All fingerprinting and non-essential records functions will not be available until further notice.
The public will be made aware of any other changes if needed. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
Chief Todd M. Conforti
Montclair Police Department