Sheriff discusses modifications

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Wayne County Sheriff Larry Pierce says he wants county residents to know that nothing has changed with the way law enforcement is being provided during the COVID-19 crisis, but there have been modifications.

“I want all citizens to know that your deputies are still on the road patrolling and answering service calls,” Pierce said.

Currently, the enforcement division (patrol, ACE team, drug squad, detectives, etc.) are experiencing no changes, he said.

Schools have been closed. Pierce said he has moved school resource officers to providing security at the schools that are distributing meals, as well as supplementing the enforcement division.

“In keeping with other authorities in hopefully preventing the spread of this virus, the Sheriff’s office had to make some changes,” Pierce said.

Effective until further notice, all detention visitations other than legal representation have been suspended.

Pierce said the civil division at the department’s main office has suspended fingerprint applicants for employers, as well as those desiring to obtain their initial carry weapons permits. He did say his office continues to process those individuals who have CCW permit renewal.

He explained that those type renewals can continue as no fingerprinting of the individual has to take place.

Pierce also explained that the lobbies at the main location and the enforcement annex on U.S. Highway 117 Bypass remain open at this time for the public to pick up incident reports and to make reports of such incidents.

“These decisions have been made in an effort to protect the health of our staff and the inmates under our care as well,” Pierce said. “It is important to protect the office staff while providing the service county citizens demand and deserve.”

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