Coronavirus concerns have led to new policies in place at the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, but Sheriff Darin Layman assured the public, “Any emergencies that arise, you will have a deputy on scene.”
At the county commission meeting on Tuesday, March 17, Layman reported they were taking extra precautions at his office as directed by medical staff. Each inmate that enters the jail facility is being screened, and if any were to show symptoms (none had at that point), they would be quarantined. Any outside contractors who come to work on the facility will also be screened.
He noted they would be closing the lobby of the facility and suspending in-person visitation for inmates. All visits would be conducted by video or phone. Public defenders and other attorneys could have access to a private visitation room on a case-by-case basis.
Layman also noted plans to change staff scheduling in order to try not to have all of the command staff together at the same time.
The sheriff’s department will handle some kinds of calls for service by phone instead of in-person visits. Layman noted they would not decrease services to public, but were just trying to protect people.
Later in the day, Layman issued a press release. In it, he noted his office was heeding the warnings of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Governor, and the local county health department in regards to the growing concern both locally and worldwide regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
He reiterated what he had spoken of at the commission meeting about the suspension of all visitors except for attorneys and probation/parole personnel and noted plans to limit interaction with all staff to ensure their well-being and that of the public.
The front office will remain open, but the main lobby will be closed to public access. Bonds will be taken care of in the front office by appointment only. Applications for carrying a concealed weapon (CCW) or CCW renewals are being suspended. Walk-in reports are also suspended, and those who wish to file one should instead contact dispatch at 573-775-4911 to request to speak with a deputy.
Layman also noted again that deputies will still be responding to calls for emergencies, but non-emergency incidents may be handled by phone.
Sheriff’s office personnel can also check on the elderly or shut-ins who have been feeling ill.
Layman stated, “Our essential staff will remain in place to continue to patrol our county and house our inmates. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office prides itself on its availability and responsiveness to the community which will not be reduced during this time. Caution and preparation are our priorities, which will ensure the well-being and safety of all citizens of Crawford County. While we have limited resources, we will do our very best to provide services and necessary information. First Responders will be there for you - regardless of the situation - 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.”
Layman concluded by noting that any major developments from the local, state, or federal government will be posted on the CCSO Facebook page.
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