BANGOR – A local police department is attributing a reduction in 911 calls to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Bangor police Sgt. Wade Betters, the volume of emergency 911 calls the department has received has decreased since COVID-19 reached Maine earlier this month.
On average, Betters estimates the department receives well over 100 calls per day but with people being forced indoors that number has dropped into double digits.
“I think that’s basically because a lot of businesses are closed right now, meaning there’s less people coming into the city than on a average day,” he said.
He also said with restaurants, stores, and bars being closed at night, opportunities for altercations in those places have not been occurring.
However, he said, the rate of calls concerning domestic issues, theft and burglary still remain the same.
On a day-to-day basis, the outbreak has raised awareness for the officers to remain vigilant to keep themselves and everyone else safe.
“So it hasn’t really changed how we’ve done business, we’ve just become more careful in how we approach certain situations. If we feel someone might be infected with any illness at all, especially the COVID-19,” he said.
Betters advised the public to try to cut each other some slack and be patient with one another while working from home or being in quarantine, because we are all going through this together.
“Bangor PD, we’re not going away. A lot of business might close unfortunately during this time but police and firefighters will always be out there. So we’re still coming. If you need us, call us and we’ll do our best to be there,” Betters said.