Chief William Baldwin Jr.Chief William Baldwin Jr.

A message from Torrington Police Chief, William Baldwin Jr., during these trying times:

Life in the time of Corona Virus is unprecedented, at least in most of our lifetimes (Spanish Flu, 102 years ago being the exception). We understand comparisons can be made with H1N1 in 2009 in terms of current statistics, but the overall impact on the daily lives of Americans were not as directly or widely affected as they are today.

We also understand that with the current changes in the way we are living our lives, it’s an emotional time for everyone in our community. Stress, anxiety, frustration, confusion, anger, fear, or just the feeling of being overwhelmed are all normal. We all are feeling the same emotions to differing degrees regardless of our situations. If you are feeling this way there are a number of resources available to help you feel calmer and more in control (We will provide links for a few of those services below).

With that being said, it’s also important to remember we live in a very mobile society where people can come and go freely. There are no restrictions on travel or movement and many of the people coming into our communities from other states are, and have been our friends and neighbors at get togethers on the weekends, and during the summer months for years prior to COVID-19. They will continue to be our friends and neighbors during this time in their adopted communities, our community, experiencing the range of emotions as we all are with the current set of circumstances.

As we welcome our friends it’s paramount to recognize, and be mindful that they are aware of the inherent dangers of COVID-19 just as you and I do, and understand the need for social distancing, personal protective procedures and the importance to self-quarantine for the recommended 14 days regardless of where they are originally coming from. At the end of the day, these are our neighbors…our friends, doing the best they can (as we all are) with the circumstances that have developed over the past few weeks, and they will continue to be a part of our community long after we have beaten ‘Corona’, and transitioned back to normalcy.

In closing, be patient, be understanding, be kind…just because we are all six feet apart shouldn’t prevent us from still doing what we’ve always done, coming together as the amazing community that we are, Torrington.

Optum; Emotional support resources; https://www.optum.com/covid-19/covid-19-emotional-support.html

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress; https://www.cstsonline.org/resources/resource-master-list/coronavirus-an...

Connecticut State Department of Mental Health; https://portal.ct.gov/DMHAS/Newsworthy/News-Items/DMHAS-Response-to-COVI...

Stay home, Stay safe,

Bill Baldwin

Chief of Police