BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County Sheriff’s Office announced they will limit its in-person responses due to the current spread of COVID-19 in the community.

KCSO said in a news release it will be limiting “unnecessary in-person contact to ensure deputies are available when there’s an in-progress crime or life-threatening call.”

The sheriff’s office is asking community members to use the KCSO online reporting system if a crime being reported is not happening in real-time. Deputies will be taking information by phone when possible and gathering evidence in person when needed.

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The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is not the only local law enforcement agency making big changes in response to rising COVID-19 cases. The Delano Police Department announced last week it is no longer responding to non-emergency calls in person due to the rise of coronavirus cases.