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San Diego Police Have Yet To Issue Citations For Stay-At-Home Violations

A park in Allied Gardens is taped off by police due to the closure of all San...

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Above: A park in Allied Gardens is taped off by police due to the closure of all San Diego parks and beaches, March 27, 2020.

San Diegans are generally behaving themselves and following orders to stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the San Diego Police Department.

Police have not issued any citations for people violating stay-at-home orders, including people using parks and beaches that are closed, said SDPD spokesman Shawn Takeuchi.

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There is also little evidence of increased lawlessness: people speeding, driving through red lights, or otherwise driving recklessly, he said. Overall, calls for service are down.

But police have responded to calls reporting non-essential businesses that are open. In those cases, officers have told store owners they need to close and the owners have listened, Takeuchi said.

Officers are working to enforce these new rules while trying not to come down with the coronavirus. So far, two officers have tested positive.

"Training about infectious diseases and how to handle individuals that have diseases is done early on in the police academy," Takeuchi said. "And so throughout our career as officers, we generally practice good safety practices."

Recently, the department gave officers on patrol "an extra go kit" with gloves, hand sanitizer, safety goggles and an N-95 mask, he said.

"We've given guidelines to officers as to when to use that equipment," he said. "It's when officers cannot socially distance themselves or keep that six-foot distance when contacting individuals who are displaying flu-like symptoms."

The police academy is also closing down for at least two weeks. The school, held at Miramar Community College, trains law enforcement officers for multiple local agencies.

The closure means the 185 recruits who were scheduled to graduate this May and August will be delayed.

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Claire Trageser
Investigative Reporter

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