SCHENECTADY - Schenectady police officers have been going into schools weekly to read to children for some time now and they're going to continue reading, even as schools remain closed for the coronavirus.
Police posted on Facebook Thursday that instead of going into schools to read, they'll be reading Friday afternoon to whoever wants to tune in on Facebook, via Facebook Live.
"As police officers, one of our favorite things to do each week is read to our grade schoolers and talk about what's important to them," the department wrote. "We don't want to change that, even though we might be apart for a little while."
With that, the department set a Friday afternoon appointment at 1 p.m., where they plan to read "one of our favorite books," a book called "Officer Buckle and Gloria."
The department also shared a video by Sgt. Jeffrey McCutcheon reminding residents not to come to the police department or fire station for non-emergencies. For non-emergencies, residents should call dispatchers at 518-630-0911.
Elsewhere Thursday, the Glenville Police Department took to Facebook to express thanks for a delivery of disinfecting wipes and the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office did the same to remind residents that deputies will be wearing masks.
In Glenville, the department thanked "our friends at the Glenville Target, especially Director Franke" for getting them several cases of disinfectant wipes.
"We will use them in our daily efforts to sanitize our workstations and patrol cars for the officers," the department wrote.
The Glenville department then provided some of what they received to the Glenville Highway Department and the Scotia Police Department, Glenville wrote.
Then, in Schoharie County, the sheriff's department shared a photo of a deputy with a mask and glasses as police departments around the state begin wearing protective masks during their interactions with the public as the pandemic continues.
"DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THIS MASKED MAN!!" the department wrote. "He is there to help!"
"You will see our deputies responding to all types of calls wearing glasses, gloves, masks and other personal protective equipment as the situation dictates," the department added. "This is to protect our deputies and you, the public!"
The department also noted that residents who call for assistance will be asked by the dispatcher new screening questions to determine how the department should respond and what precautions may be necessary.
"Please be patient and cooperative," the department concluded, "we're all in this together!"