The Hollister Police Department will temporarily reduce the hours the police lobby will be open to the public, officials announced on July 9.
The department has three police services officers that must process reports written by police officers and complete county, state and federal reporting requirements on a daily basis. Several months ago, one of those officers was moved to another city department and the position has not been filled. The reduction of staff has created a backlog of mandated work, the department said in a press release.
In addition, new requirements of report processing has further increased the staff time required to process certain types of reports.
The department is in the process of filling the vacant position. However, the backlog necessitates a concentration of efforts by staff to eliminate the pending work, the release said. Therefore, starting on Monday, July 13, the lobby hours will be modified until the new staff is hired, trained and the backlog is eliminated.
The new office hours will be:
Mondays: 1-5 p.m.
Tuesdays: 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.
Wednesdays: 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.
Thursdays: 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.
Fridays: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays: Closed
This temporary measure will not have an affect in dispatching officers for calls for service, police say. Citizens can continue to call 911 and the non-emergency line (636-4331) to report a crime or request assistance. Many services like online reporting, paying for parking tickets or general information is available online on the department’s website www.hollister.ca.gov.