Chief Alan Cockrill talks to White River Now’s Gary B. about the BPD’s response to the coronavirus


With the coronavirus crisis, Batesville Police Chief Alan Cockrill has had to operate his department in a different manner. In an interview with Gary Bridgman of the White River Now family of radio stations, Cockrill discusses what the BPD is doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also told Gary B. that, right now, he’s sensing some restlessness.

“I’m afraid people are getting a little overanxious because I don’t think we’re as close to being turned loose as what we’re hoping,” the chief told Gary B.

“You know, I hope the numbers keep improving so that [lifting some restrictions on May 4] can happen. I’m afraid to get too optimistic because I’m afraid people are going to get their feelings hurt if it keeps rising. I know it’s an inconvenience. I know the economy is struggling. I just hope we don’t jump off too quick and then end up right back in the shape we’re in — because it’s going to be harder on people to go back to not having anything than it is to keep them another two weeks or so.”

To listen to the entire interview with Chief Cockrill, click below:


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