Claremore Police Department

Around the country, census workers are scheduled to hit the streets today.

Jan. 16 is the official kick-off day, according to United States Department of Commerce.

The USDC says "in an effort to meet the constitutional and legislative requirements to count the U.S. population, in preparation for the upcoming 2020 decennial census, post enumerator survey operations will begin on Jan. 16 and continue through March 30."

With this in mind, Claremore Police Chief Stan Brown wanted to pass along some safety and security information to Claremore residents, shared to him by the USDC.

"They shared that Census Bureau temporary field staff will work in neighborhoods across the United States to Conduct surveys using a laptop computer. Field staff will be knocking on doors in order to verify addresses and gather information on additional living quarters," Brown shared, adding that he knows area law enforcement will receive calls from residents about strangers roaming their neighborhoods.

He said the USMC advised how local law enforcement can identify Census Bureau employees, both temporary decennial employees and permanent field representatives, and he wanted to pass that information on to area residents.

"They said field staff can be identified by the laptop computer with a Census Bureau logo on top, a black canvas bag with a census logo, as well as a photo identification card," Brown said.

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