The following guidelines are in place to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and have been in place since the national, state and local government identified the practice. All Department employees must wear a mask, practice social distancing (when practical), have their temperature checked and answer health screening questions before the start of each shift. Current state mandates regarding face coverings allow our patrol, special units, courts, and coroner personnel to use discretion and are not obligated to wear a face covering IF the wearing of the mask creates an immediate risk during their official duties. In addition to all the local guidelines, the Sheriff Department has also authored several Department Memorandums and Directives to reinforce these practices. Cleaning of all frequently touched surfaces are routinely practiced, such as wiping down workstations, inside patrol vehicles, countertops and equipment. Department personnel are supplied with personal protective equipment, consisting of latex gloves, N95 masks, level 1 medical masks, and eye protection. Patrol staff responding to calls for service will, when practical, contact reporting parties and/or witnesses by phone to limit exposure of the COVID-19 disease. Calls that can be handled entirely by phone will be handled by a Deputy or Community Service Officer or other Light Duty personnel.