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Tazewell police department shuttered due to COVID-19

Tazewell police department shuttered due to COVID-19

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TAZEWELL, Va. – Tazewell’s police department has been shuttered by the coronavirus.

The town’s police department closed its doors to the public Friday, Sept. 17, due to a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases.  A notice posted on the office door said the police station is closed to the public with no time listed to re-open.

While the notice did not specify they had the virus, the notice said neither Chief Dave Mills nor Lieutenant Stanley Lampert were available.  Investigator Craig Menefee was listed as the person to contact.

“We are starting to see an increased number of positive COVID cases at the Town of Tazewell, specifically in our police department,” the notice said. “Effective today, Investigator Craig Menefee will be in charge of the police department due to Chief Mills and Lieutenant Lampert being out of the office.  He has been instructed to make all officers aware they are to stay out of the building and away from each other as much as possible in order to take extra precautions to slow the spread of the virus until further notice. The Town of Tazewell Police Department will be closed to the public until this situation can hopefully be re-evaluated in the near future. For appointments, questions or concerns the public can still call the Town of Tazewell Police Department at (276) 988-2503. Thank you for your patience as we work through this unfortunate situation.”

Town police officers are dispatched by 911 and are still working regular shifts. The office is normally open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday for routine business. It is part of Town Hall but has a separate entrance.

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