Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane released a statement Wednesday afternoon stating that his office will continue to conduct "business as normal" as the county deals with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and how it affects our area.
"As we deal with public emergencies and victims of crimes, we cannot completely avoid making contact with the public," stated Lane. "We will still respond to calls for service in a timely manner as always. We do ask that if you have any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, or if you or any family members have traveled to or from any areas that this virus has affected, please make our dispatch and our deputy aware of this, so that we can take necessary precautions."
Lane stated that during this state of emergency, reports for some non-emergency situations may be taken over the phone.
"We are aware that there are building concerns and stressful situations for families all over the county. Unfortunately this potentially results in arguments and/or domestic violence situations that our deputies have to respond to," said Lane.
In anticipation of the added calls that the sheriff's department may be responding to they have assigned the school resource deputies, who are out of school for the time being, to assist the patrol deputies with handling calls for service. Lane added that those deputies have been provided the necessary personal protective equipment to be as safe and protected as possible.
KXMX News Staff
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