Odessa Police Department Taking Measures to help Combat COVID-19
For clarification purposes, the Odessa Police Department will still be sending officers to all calls regarding criminal activity such as robberies, burglaries, thefts, assaults, etc. We will just not be sending officers to calls regarding civil matters. A civil matter involves a legal dispute between two or more parties. An example of a civil matter could be a dispute over a contract or property.
The Odessa Police is taking proactive measures to help combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Before requesting an officer to make a report, please check to see if the report can be made online or via phone. To file a report online, please go to: https://www.odessapd.com/i-want-to/file-a-police-report-online or to file a report via phone, please call 432-335-4961. For all car accidents, please go to https://www.odessa-tx.gov/Home/Components/News/News/8984/29?npage=6&arch=1 to see if it is necessary for an officer to respond. The Odessa Police Department will not be sending officers to calls regarding civil matters.
Governor Abbott has declared a State of Disaster over the COVID-19 outbreak and has activated Texas Penal Code Section 12.50. The punishment level increases by one degree for all assaults, arsons, robberies, burglaries, criminal trespasses and thefts committed during the time of the declared disaster. If you come in contact with an officer, please warn them ahead of time if you are sick as officers will be practicing social distancing during this time. By working together we can limit the spread of COVID-19 on our officers and the citizens of Odessa. Thank you for your patience during this time.