Amarillo Police Making Changes To Reporting Process
The Amarillo Police Department is making changes to how they handle police reports in an effort to speed up efficiency and keep our officers out of harms way from the coronavirus and Covid-19. APD is now making certain report types online reports only. This means police officers will no longer come out in person to a residence or business for certain types of calls. If you are a victim of one of the following crimes, you will need to complete an online report:
- Burglary of a Vehicle-Loose Items
- Burglary of a vehicle-Parts/accessories
- Burglary of a Habitation-Open Residential Garage/Shed
- Credit Card Abuse
- Criminal Nonsupport
- Debit Card Abuse
- Employer/Employee Theft
- Identity Theft
- Interference with Child Custody
- Lost Gun
- Lost Property
- Simple Assault
- Theft of Service
These reports are already available to be made online, but effective immediately, the the above reports will be online of phone only. For citizens who do not have access to the internet, these reports can be made on the phone. Call the non-emergency police line at (806) 378-3038. Tell them the type of report you need to make, and they will get you set up from there with a report taker. Even though an officer is not coming out to your home or business in person to take these reports, they will still be investigated by an investigator or detective. You will be contacted by your investigator or detective once the case has been referred to them.
APD patrol officers will still be responding to in progress calls and will still be in the public and around the public daily. This means local officers will be potentially exposed to someone with Covid-19. By requiring report only calls to be made online, we can lessen the exposure to people and therefore the public’s potential exposure to the Covid-19 virus overall.
The Amarillo Police Department asks us all to please remember if an incident is in progress, or it is an emergency, call 911. If it is not an emergency, call the non-emergency police line at 806-378-3038.