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03/17/2020

Police Chief: Officers are still responding to emergency calls and will continue to do so

Chief Paul Fenton outlines safety measures taken by Cape Elizabeth police while still providing critical police services to the public

A message from Chief Paul Fenton to the residents of Cape Elizabeth,

The Cape Elizabeth community along with the rest of the nation is currently working through an unpresented national emergency that has brought many changes to our everyday lives. This national emergency has caused states to take serious measures to "flatten the curve" and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. I wanted to assure our community that this does not mean a change to our how our department protects the citizens of Cape Elizabeth.

“Although we are limiting access to certain police department services, we want to reiterate that our station is a safe haven for people in crisis and those who are victims of crimes. If you need to come to our station outside of these hours, please use the red phone in the lobby vestibule to reach us ... ”

Police Chief Paul Fenton

Because we are often considered the last line of defense, we are taking some precautions to protect our officers from any unnecessary exposures. These precautions include reducing the hours that our front desk clerk is on duty. The new hours for the clerk will be from 10:00am-12:00pm, Monday through Friday. There will be no clerks working on Saturday or Sunday and all fingerprinting services will temporarily be suspended. Although we are limiting access to certain police department services, we want to reiterate that our station is a safe haven for people in crisis and those who are victims of crimes. If you need to come to our station outside of these hours, please use the red phone in the lobby vestibule to reach us.

As I mentioned before, our officers will still be protecting this great town 24/7. Officers are still responding to emergency calls and will continue to do so. Officers responding to homes and buildings may ask some pre-screening questions regarding potential illnesses before entering a building or residence.  These questions are not intended to be invasive, rather they are meant to keep both the citizen and the police safe during the COVID-19 global pandemic. In addition, officers are being encouraged to utilize "social distancing" when interacting with the public. 

Our Cape Elizabeth Police family takes great pride in being police officers and community caretakers for this town. In fact, it is one of our core values that we cherish. Having to take these steps is, with the ever changing COVID-19 situation, unfortunately necessary to keep both our officers and the public safe, while not hindering our ability to provide critical police services to the public.

Paul W. Fenton
Cape Elizabeth Police Chief