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DeWitt Township police administrative offices closed until Nov. 11, township manager gives details

Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 4:19 PM EDT
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DEWITT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WILX) - DeWitt Township Police administrative offices are closed until Nov. 11 due to confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As the DeWitt Township Police have been taken off duty, the Michigan State Police and other nearby departments have stepped up and are filling in for the time being.

Some people working for the township are on different quarantine schedules. However, the DeWitt Township Manager would not confirm how many sworn-in officers are in quarantine or if the police chief is in quarantine.

When asked if he believed the COVID-19 cases stemmed from the recent Trump rally, the township manager did not deny nor confirm.

“I have great respect for the local health partners. I don’t want to speculate,” he said.

Under normal circumstances, he says the Township Police have 15 sworn-in officers. In addition to sworn-in officers, DeWitt Township Police has three support staff.

For Halloween, the manager stated that “...the quality of policing service will be sustained.”

It is not currently known if the virus came from one event or several, but cases have been on the rise in Michigan generally. Wednesday was the second highest cases per day of COVID-19 in the state, beaten only by Saturday’s confirmed cases. DeWitt Public Schools also recently switched to online learning due to COVID-19 cases being confirmed in several teachers or spouses of teachers.

Those calling township offices will be transferred to dispatch, who will then deal with routing emergency calls to the appropriate place.

The entire police complex was sanitized on Sunday night.

This is a developing story and WILX News 10 will update it as we learn more.

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