Door County law enforcement has altered its operations – along with everyone else – and for police officers and deputies, that has meant limiting interactions with the public.
New reduced-interaction practices related to traffic accidents are working well, however, and they could become permanent following the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Chief Deputy Pat McCarty of the Door County Sheriff’s Office.
In the past, a deputy would be dispatched to the scene of a traffic accident while the motorists involved waited by their vehicles.
“We have the ability now to do that online,” McCarty said. “If the person doesn’t need a tow, they can self-report. The dispatcher can now get them the accident number so they’re not waiting around for a deputy to show up.”