On behalf of all the men and women of the Abington Township Police Department, I want to assure you that the Department’s number one priority remains the safety and well-being of you, your families, your property and your businesses.  While as an organization we have implemented a number of temporary internal measures to decrease the likelihood that any of our officers would contract the COVID-19 virus, our Patrol Operations Division remains fully-staffed and ready to respond immediately to all calls for service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Our Department personnel and I are acutely aware the impact the coronavirus is having on society as a whole and are deeply concerned for all of our residents.  I cannot imagine the financial and emotional stress that many of you are under, especially those who are self-employed or otherwise working in a business that has had to temporarily close as a result of this pandemic.  We also know that many of you have been separated from other valuable resources and social services, and that too, creates new challenges for many of our families in Abington Township.  While these measures are drastic, they are necessary to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, and thereby, sustain the capabilities of our hospitals to meet the needs of those who will become critically ill and in need of respirators.  The work that our healthcare professionals, Second Alarmers Rescue Squad, and the Abington Township Emergency Management Team has been extraordinary, but they cannot defeat this virus without the continued support and cooperation of all of us.  It is during very difficult times like these that we, as an Abington Township Community and as Americans, must remain committed to one another.  We are not only called to follow the Governor’s Orders and the recommendations made by the CDC, but we are also called to look out for one another, especially those neighbors who are lonely and those who are the most vulnerable among us. In the words of St. Teresa  “If we do not have peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.” Let’s remember that we do, in fact, belong to one another, and we are called to put our differences aside, so we that we can come together to fight back against this deadly virus and take care of one another.  As always, the Abington Township Police Department would not be capable of fulfilling our mission without the support of our citizens, and our motto today, as it has been in the past, simply reads, “Community First!” As we continue to navigate these uncharted waters together, please do not ever hesitate to call us, as the dedicated men and women of the Abington Township Police Department will stand by your side ready to help and connect you with whatever social services or other resources you may need.

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