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Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri, Holds Press Conference Addressing How DBPD is handling New Restrictions due to COVID-19

Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 4:10PM

Written by Kristen Schmutz

Belden Communications News


Daytona Beach Police Chief, Craig Capri, held a press conference this afternoon outside of the Daytona Beach Police Headquarters in Daytona Beach. Chief Capri addressed how the Police Department has been handling the new restrictions that were put into place in the City of Daytona Beach due to COVID-19.


According to the Chief it is still “business as usual” for DBPD, and it’s officers but they have been directing minor calls of theft, and non-priority calls to the front desk, to avoid exposure of COVID-19. They have “beefed up staff at the front desk,” to stop officers from going to houses at this time unless it is a real emergency.


Officers have also been responding to all complaints regarding the closure of bars, pubs and night clubs in the area, and have found that the establishments are around 98 percent compliant. DBPD has also been working with the State Alcohol, Beverage, and Tobacco Agents (ABT) who will be investigating the few establishments that are questionable with their licenses on its classification of it is a restaurant or bar.


Chief Capri expressed that he is not concerned with spring breakers in the area, as the numbers of spring breakers have dwindled over the years. He stated for those that are here for spring break to “limit the number of people and follow the rules.”


As with any situation, Chief Capri urges everyone to use common sense, stop hoarding stuff, and remember that other people need stuff too. “It’s not the end of the world,” Capri stated, “We’re gonna beat this virus and move on.”

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