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Posted on: March 20, 2020

SHERIFF OVERTON ANNOUNCES UPDATE CONCERNING OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has enacted the following response to the current COVID-19 situation.

Sheriff Overton said today, "I want the residents of Franklin County to know we will still be answering calls, responding when needed and providing our people the best of service we can. We already see how this county is pulling together, checking on neighbors and looking out for each other. We are strong together. As a law enforcement organization, we must be responsible. I have placed the restrictions (see below) on our Jail, Patrol Division and Administrative Building in order that we can do our part in attempting to slow the spread of this virus."

In addition to the information below, we have cancelled our appearances to class readings, outreach events, job fairs and etc.

See the designated divisions and how we have set forth a plan in order to protect our staff, inmates and the public. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice.

Corrections (Jail) Division Public Response Plan:
• Limited trusty movement to off-site locations 
• Routine trusty work will no longer go out to county localities
• ALL inmate visitation will be done through video visitation from offsite, (possible exceptions will be clergy and attorney on a case by case basis with approval from jail Lieutenant) 
• All FCSO volunteers and interns cancelled
• Restrictions place on Bridging the Gap Program (contact Jail Lt. Pigg for details - 540-483-3020 then, Press 0)

Administration Building (Virgil Goode Building) Public Response Plan:
• ALL FCSO volunteer and interns cancelled
• No visitors will be allowed past the lobby area
• In lobby area there will be method to communicate with office personnel

Patrol Division Public Response Plan:
• Deputies coming in contact with the public, when answering calls, will be wearing protective clothing………don’t be alarmed if they are in masks or face shields in certain circumstances.
• All FCSO volunteers, interns and ride-a-longs cancelled.

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