Stop calling dispatch to ask about the governor's safer at home order

Published: Mar. 24, 2020 at 12:29 PM CDT
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Local sheriff's offices and emergency management are begging people to stop calling dispatch centers to ask questions about the governor's safer at home order.

Gov. Tony Evers issued the order Tuesday in response to the coronavirus outbreak. We have all the information you need here:

"Countless calls, countless messages on Facebook, people are confused, people have a lot of questions," said Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith.

Chief Smiths says overall, calls for police service is down by 17 percent from last week, but the number of calls asking about the Governor's safer at home order has brought in an uptick in calls.

"First thing I tell people, read it It's posted everywhere, it's posted on our Facebook site, read the order and you'll understand, all of your questions will probably be answered if you read the order," said Smith.

Here is a direct link to the state's website on the safer at home order:

"Individuals do not need special permission to leave their homes, but they must comply with this order as to when it is permissible to leave home," says Gov. Evers. "Similarly, if a business is an Essential Business or Operation as defined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue its work that is done in compliance with this order."

Police have also been fielding calls about that is enforced under the order.

"We're not out looking for people who are driving their cars to stop them because they might be out here doing something against the order here. We stop people if they are drunk driving, we stop people if they are speeding or committing another traffic violation," said Chief Smith.

Brown County's dispatch has received dozens of calls about it, that also includes Brown County Heath and Human Services.

"From Brown County Public Health perspective, we have a number of individuals that are taking calls and that is significantly higher than normal volume," said Ted Shove, Brown County Public Health Information Officer.

Shove says they are expecting the state to develop a hotline people can call to get their questions answered about what essential and non-essential services are.

Waupaca County's dispatch center has also received calls about the order.

Dispatchers need to be able to take emergency calls. They do not have answers about the governor's order, nor do they deserve to be the brunt of your frustrations.

"Please remember we are all in this together. Stay calm, and please don't panic," says Waupaca County Sheriff Timothy R Wilz.

Fond du Lac County says its dispatch center has received a "significant number of calls" wanting information and "getting frustrated at the dispatchers when they cannot provide the information they are asking for."

Again, we have the information on the safer at home order here:

Let the dispatchers do their jobs.

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