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Posted on: March 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] From the Chief of Police

To the Citizens of Blytheville

A public health emergency has been declared because of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. While the situation is fluid, as of the time of this announcement there are no known positive cases of Coronavirus in Blytheville or Mississippi County. With that said we believe it’s not a matter of "if" it’s a matter of "when" the Coronavirus is detected in our area that’s why we must be proactive and take precautions now to mitigate the spread of the virus in our community. 

We are committed to preserving the health of the public and our officers and are taking steps ensure we are not ourselves and our citizens by the very nature of our job and duties. In order to accomplish this we will temporarily be amending some of our procedures to ensure we can continue to provide an effective level of service. 

Alternative Reporting 

Most reports are not an emergency and do not require a police response. Many of them can be made online at or taken over the phone by department personnel at 763-4411. 

Police Response

When officers are dispatched to a location they may ask you to meet them outside in order to practice social distancing. 

Officers may also be wearing personal protective equipment such as gloves, face masks, protective clothing or eye ware. Officers may also ask that someone wear a face mask if they have signs or symptoms of illness. Please don’t be afraid or offended they are just taking precautionary steps. To reduce the amount of potential exposure, officers and dispatchers will be balancing the need of a police response to a non-emergency call to the potential environmental exposures when it could be better handled by an alternative reporting method. 

Other Activities

While we regularly clean, sanitize our facility and vehicles, the department has temporarily suspended ride-along program until the public health emergency is over. Unfortunately we will not be able to attend group activities or events that have not already been canceled. The Blytheville Police Department in conjunction with the Mayor’s office has set-up a local hotline to help answer questions or concerns and provide our local community with the best information we can. We will continues to work with our local, state and federal partners to provide the best service we can. 

Ross Thompson

Blytheville Police Department 

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