“According to a press release, the department will limit in-person responses to calls for service involving certain incidents. With this change, certain incidents will have police reports that will be gathered by officers over the phone.”
They announced this BEFORE the virus pandemic due to an officer shortage resulting from the bad rep, ‘bad apples’ have giving the department. The virus gives them cover to do what they already said they were going to do.
St. Louis-area police making changes due to coronavirus concerns
How can police use social distancing and do their jobs? Simply put, “They can’t,” Jeff Roorda, business manager of the St. Louis Police Officers Association, said.