MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Police Department now uses a new way to handle crime.
It’s a telecommunication service for people to report certain crimes throughout the city.
FOX13’s Tony Sloan found out more on the service and how it’s a response to the coronavirus.
MPD said to contain the spread of the coronavirus, they created what’s called a Teleserve Unit and it’s to report minor, non-violent incidents.
The service is now available to the community.
MPD said until further notice, there are more police officers available to take reports over the phone instead of going to the scene and making face-to-face contact with callers.
They said some examples of when to use the Teleserve Unit are in cases like someone stealing a car or other theft, vandalism, and identity theft.
Police said more serious and violent reports will be handled with officers going to the scene.
That’s when you’re urged to call 911.
The number for the Teleserve Unit is 901-636-7899.
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