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Police report: 181 coronavirus-related calls since March

Jan. 13. Dave Vieser. Cornelius Police have responded to 181 coronavirus-related complaints since March 2020. In an exclusive interview with Cornelius Today, Chief Kevin Black said the nature of the complaints has changed as the pandemic drags on.

“The earlier complaints were predominantly businesses that were open when they were not were not supposed to be, as defined in the Governor’s orders” Black said. Many of those businesses were gyms and workout facilities.

CHIEF BLACK

There has been some confusion since the Pandemic began about the interpretation of the orders handed down by the state and county, so some of the violations were simply a misunderstanding. In addition, changes have been adopted along the way which added to the confusion.

Educate first

Chief Black said officers are handling the calls with the mindset to educate. “Our mission throughout has been open conversations and education with the goal of gaining voluntary compliance,” he said.

As for residents who witness violations, he said the decision on how to handle the situation depends upon each individual circumstance.

When to call

“The decision to approach a business owner or individual really depends on the observers’ relationship with that business owner or individual and the circumstances surrounding the situation. Observers should never get into a confrontation over a violation,” the chief said.

If an observer is not familiar with a business owner/manager or individual violator and they wish to report the violation then they should call the police department to report the violation.

If, however, they are familiar with the person or business, they can try discussing the matter first.

“Ultimately the decision to report is up to the observer.” Black said.

Discussion

4 Responses to “Police report: 181 coronavirus-related calls since March”

  1. Chief Black said officers are handling the calls with the mindset to educate. “Our mission throughout has been open conversations and education with the goal of gaining voluntary compliance,” he said.

    How is that working for you?

    When are there going to be Federal or at least NC penalties for non-compliance?

    I realize this is not a police enforcement issue. There is no law to enforce.
    It is time for someone in SOME legislature to get some guts.

    Posted by James | January 13, 2021, 1:38 pm
    • Seriously, get a life. Or move to China. This is supposed to be America. Freedom. Free will. You have the freedom and free will to not go into an establishment if you don’t like the situation. Leave people alone. SMH.

      Posted by Liz Cannon | January 13, 2021, 5:27 pm
  2. Please do whatever is necessary to protect citizens from the COVID-19.

    Posted by Karen Asche | January 13, 2021, 2:39 pm
  3. Having less freedom? Yes, for the benefit of the people around you. This is why people obey traffic laws, get vaccinated, work in civil service jobs and help elderly people cross the street . You are a member of a community that makes a few sacrifices for the betterment of all. Is wearing a mask in public to stop a deadly virus really asking that much? Has your concern over losing an insignificant amount of personal freedom overwhelmed your ability to care about others? It’s time to act like an adult, wear a mask!

    Posted by Tom Klein | January 13, 2021, 9:30 pm

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