Sanibel Police Department Announces Modified Response to Non-Emergency Calls

SC Staff Report

The Sanibel Police Department has announced modified operations to non-emergency calls to limit exposure to personnel and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The department continues to immediately respond to emergency calls for service. However, non-emergency calls will be handled over the telephone. Some examples include:

Identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card
Past occurred theft
Criminal mischief
Lost property
Property damage
Past occurred neighborhood dispute

Additionally, the police department wants the public to be aware dispatchers are screening calls and asking callers if they are exhibiting flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, coughing, etc.). Before officers respond to calls for service, dispatchers will ask any parties involved to step outside to speak with the responding officer(s) and maintain a safe social distance.

Sanibel City Manager Judie Zimomra reported during the special city council meeting on Wednesday, March 18, that two officers were potentially exposed to the virus. The preliminary tests came back negative, but the two police cruisers will not be used until a final test comes back negative and the cruisers will be re-disinfected.

To make a report over the phone, call (239) 472-3111. The best means to request a copy of a previously filed City of Sanibel Police report is to email

The city and police department appreciate the community’s understanding and cooperation during this time. The department wants to assure the public that they remain in full operation to safeguard the community. These precautions are temporary and in place out of an abundance of caution for the safety of the citizens they serve.

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