Springfield police officers are changing how they operate as COVID-19 spreads in the city.
A station dispatcher with the Springfield Police Department said 911 calls will still be answered normally, but they might ask more questions about the situation to see how exactly police should respond.
Those calling in might be asked to fill out a police report online or be transferred to give information on the phone. Officers on patrol will ask people to meet them outside of their buildings and keep at least 6 feet of distance while talking.
The SPD’s headquarters remain open, while the South District substation is closed to the public.