Myself and the entire Laureldale Police Department wanted to assure our residents that we have been and will continue to patrol, serve and provide some normalcy to the residents of the borough. More than ever in these stressful times it is vitally important to maintain a police presence.
To minimize exposure to our residents and officers, our department has taken steps to add additional means to receive, respond and complete residents call for service.
We all know by now that coronavirus is incredibly contagious. And you've certainly heard the very important guidelines on how best to avoid the spread of COVID-19: 1) Wash your hands, 2) Avoid touching your face, 2) Maintain social distance, and 4) Keep your home surfaces clean and disinfect frequently. But which surfaces are most conducive for COVID-19, and therefore, most important to disinfect?
We would like to congratulate Sgt. Todd Peterson as he received the 2019 Aggressive Driving Enforcement Award (ADEEP). We also would like to acknowledge our neighbors, Jeb Cooper (South Heidelberg Twp) and Scott Schaffer (Wyomissing), who also received the award.
The Caernarvon Township Police Department phone lines are still down today. If you need to reach an officer for a non-emergency, please call Berks County Department of Emergency Services at 610-655-4911. Emergency calls are not affected during this outage and all 911 calls will still go to Berks DES.
Earlier this date, there was a social media post reporting an incident that occurred near Bernhart's Dam in Muhlenberg Twp. The post falsely reported that there was an "active shooter" incident occurring and to avoid the area. While there was police activity in the area this morning, please be assured there was no shooting incident and no cause for alarm.
SPECIAL ATTENTION OLEY TWP RESIDENTS ALONG MAIN ST: The BB&T Bank on Main Street in Oley Township was just robbed within the past hour. The suspect was wearing a white full-body hazmat-type suit with a mask and sunglasses. He was last seen running down the alley between Main Street and the Oley Fairgrounds towards Jefferson Street. Investigators are still on the scene collecting information but we are asking if anyone may have witnessed the suspect fleeing the scene to please contact our department through Berks DES at 610-655-4911. Additional information will be released later.