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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.
Our Jails have undergone extensive measures to assist in helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.
For inmates, the following measures have been put in place at all 5 jail facilities:
For staff, the following measures have been put in place at all 5 jail facilities::
The primary role of a deputy sheriff assigned to courts is the security of the court. In addition to this role, deputy sheriffs assigned to the courts also enforce orders as they relate to court operations and court facilities, issued by the Presiding Judge. The layout of each courtroom varies throughout the county and currently it is the responsibility of the court to address the placement and suitability of where the court wants to place the public, employees, inmates, furniture, plexiglass and other fixtures within the courtroom. The courts are operated by the State of California, and most of the employees are state employees. The assigned Sheriff’s Deputies are contracted by the state for courtroom and security.
The Presiding Judge issued an order to address face coverings and physical distancing. Court deputies have been successful in gaining voluntary compliance and will enforce those orders as needed. Social distancing has been in place since the national, state and local government identified the practice, however, enforcement of the “social distancing” section of the Presiding Judge’s order presents a challenge for deputies assigned to the courts. Staffing levels have been reduced due to fiscal challenges, which in turn, drastically limited the availability of “unassigned” or “rove” deputy sheriffs that may serve a more active role of gaining compliance with this aspect of the court order. The Department has implemented video court for certain inmates. Inmates needing to be in court have their temperature checked prior to being transported to court. If an inmate has an elevated temperature, the court is notified with the option of rescheduling or modifying the inmate’s court appearance.
The department has not released inmates because they tested positive for COVID-19 or due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Donations can be sent to the Riverside Sheriff’s Department Emergency Response Team (SERT), 4095 Lemon St. Riverside, CA 92501, or call 951-955-8441 or 951-955-8478 for more information.
The Riverside University Health System-Public Health Department
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention