SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Raymond Hayducka, the South Brunswick Police Chief and Director of the Office of Emergency Management, has put out a statement to the public about their efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and what services are still in effect. As of now, there are seven confirmed cases of Coronavirus in South Brunswick, six of which are in self-isolation and one is an elderly woman who is hospitalized.

            “I want to ensure all of our residents that the South Brunswick Police Department is working diligently to protect and serve our residents.” The statement reads, “Public safety is and always will be a priority.  Unfortunately, our police officers and civilian staff are not immune from the COVID-19 Virus and are at risk due to the nature of our duties.”

            The statement outlines some of the temporary changes that will be made during the pandemic. The police lobby will be closed to all except in emergency matters. All police reports must be filled on the phone or on their website at southbrunswicknj.gov/departments/police. Requested police reports may take longer than usual but will stil lbe processed. All reports will be delivered, no one is allowed to go to the station to pick them up.

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            The statement sates that the police force will continue to serve the community the best way they can while still being cautious of the virus. Police will try to maintain a six foot distance from civilians at all times and may be wearing protection equipment such as gloves, masks, eye protection and disposable gowns.

            There will be a delay for those who want to acquire a firearm permit due to the lack of availability of civilians who can process the requests, according to the statement. Permits are required to be picked up in person; a time will be decided for them to be picked up.

            The department will also enforce the protocols called for by Governor Murphy, which forbid trespassing in closed public parks and trying to organize large gatherings of people.

            “I want to thank everyone for your anticipated cooperation and understanding as we face these challenging times as a community.” Chief Raymond Hayducka’s statement reads, “I have been in contact with Mayor Carley and our elected officials, along with our Township Manager on a daily basis.  They have assured me they are committed to public safety.”