Township police department sidelined because of coronavirus

Associated Press

Dewitt Township – An entire police department north of Lansing is off duty because of the coronavirus.

DeWitt Township closed the department Wednesday due to some positive cases. Other officers and staff were told to quarantine, township manager Andrew Dymczyk said.

The department’s 18 employees include 15 officers, he said.

“We’ll reevaluate over the next few days,” Dymczyk said. “We’re very grateful for our neighbors helping us. They’ve all been great.”

The township, which has a population of 15,000, said anyone who came in close contact with a member of the police department between Oct. 14 and Oct. 27 should monitor their health.

Police in neighboring communities, as well as state police and Clinton County sheriff’s deputies, were available to respond to calls in DeWitt.

“We assist them several times a week,” Bath Township police Chief Lyle Lindemulder said. “The difference now is that we’ll be taking the entire call, instead of just part of it. … Hopefully, they won’t have to do the same for us.”