POLICE DEPARTMENTS PREPARED FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING RULE-BREAKERS

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall sent out a memo giving some guidance to law enforcement agencies across the state regarding COVID-19.

Both Tuscaloosa and Northport police departments say they have beefed up patrol, but that’s something they have already been doing.

Marshall’s memo, which was sent Saturday, gave clear consequences for those willingly breaking the state health orders. Tuscaloosa police said they have a number of officers keeping a close eye on city-owned parks because large crowds will meet up at the parks and that number could be larger than 25 people.

Lt. Teena Richardson said the administrative staff is in meetings every day getting updates on COVID-19.

“Most people in the city limits are abiding by what the governor and the mayor has set aside,” Richardson said.

In Northport, chief Keith Carpenter said they have also increased patrol in the city.

“At this point in time, we don’t seem to be having a whole lot of problems in the city of Northport with gatherings of 25 people or more that are non-work-related, but it does give us the options if we need to charge someone and arrest them, then we could,” Carpenter said.

If you break the state health orders, you could be charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $500 for every day you violate the rules.

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