COVID-19 Memo From Chief Heath

March 30th 2020

Residents and Visitors of the City of Wellington

The Wellington Police Department is committed to serving our residents and guests. In light of the rapidly evolving situation as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Wellington Police Department will be making some modifications to the services we provide. These modifications are for the health and safety of our employees as well as the citizens we serve.

As we have witnessed, this is an ever-changing situation and we must have the ability to adapt with these changes. Staying informed is our best tool as we move forward. We will continue to monitor updates from the Sumner County Health Department, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, and the Center for Disease Control.

The listed protocols will go into effect beginning Wednesday, April 1st 2020 at 8:00am and will remain in effect until further notice:

  • Wellington Police Department will only be responding to HIGH PRIORITY AND/OR EMERGENCY calls:

– Violent crimes or crimes against persons (Including Domestic situations where the offender is still on the scene).

– In-progress calls where the offender is on the scene.

– Traffic crashes involving injuries or that have occurred on the roadway.

– Property crimes where evidence may exist and the scene needs to be processed.

– The on-duty supervisor can also determine if a response is warranted or the call can be handled by telephone.

– Note: If calls do require a response to your residence and you are able, please meet the officer outside.

  • Wellington Police Department will handle LOW PRIORITY calls by telephone:

– Calls such as minor traffic crashes that have occurred on private property (it is important to remember that drivers need to exchange information), delayed incidents reports, information for police, ordinance violations, etc. will be handled via telephone.

  • Wellington Police Department will also be temporarily suspending all in-person service functions such as; fingerprinting services, Vehicle Inspections and vehicle lock-outs (with the exception of emergency situations), building tours, etc.

PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE Wellington Public Safety Facility:

  • If your report can be taken over the telephone.
  • If you have a fever or have had a fever within the last 24 hours.
  • If you have traveled outside of the United States within the last 14 days or been to a known area with a positive test for COVID-19.
  • If you are experiencing flu like symptoms, a cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath or been around a person who has exhibited these signs.

Please remember we are committed to serving our citizens and guests but in order to do this on a continual basis we have to make sure our officers and staff remain healthy.  We are taking these steps to minimize health risks to our employees, and our community, especially those most vulnerable.

Call the Wellington Police Department at (620) 326-3331 should you have any questions. 

Thank You,

Chief Tracy A. Heath

Wellington Police Department

Terrence Nichols

Author: Terrence Nichols

Terrence Dean Nichols (T.D.) was born and raised here in Wellington, KS. After graduating from Wellington High School in 2008 Terrence focused on his photography and skateboarding while working small part time jobs. Terrence enjoyed working with kids as a Paraprofessional at Washington Elementary for 3 years Before becoming the videographer/film editor for Studio 55 in early 2017.