As we all continue to take measures to limit contact and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in our county the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office will be taking police reports telephonically for certain types of call. We will continue this practice until further notice and so long as COVID-19 continues to affect our state. The types of calls that our Deputies will take over the phone are those that do not necessitate an investigation at the scene, the collection of evidence or the physical presence of a Deputy.
The goal of this temporary procedure is to cut down on any unnecessary in-person contact to help mitigate the risks associated with person to person transmission of the coronavirus. Since our Deputies interact with so many people throughout the day, having them unnecessarily interact with our community, some of which are considered vulnerable, it is a responsible approach to limiting a possible exposure.
Should it be determined that a response is necessary, please understand that our Deputy(ies) are likely to keep a safe distance and avoid any contact such as shaking hands. We as that you understand that this is out of an abundance of caution to keep the public and our staff safe and should not be seen as unwillingness to help. OUR DEPUTIES WILL ALWAYS RESPOND TO CRIMES OF VIOLENCE, CRIMES IN PROGRESS AND CRIMES AGAINST A PERSON.
During this time rest assured we are here for you. IF YOU NEED US, DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL US. The only change in our handling of calls is the temporary change in how we provide service while maintaining the high-quality law enforcement services we provide to our community. We will continue to monitor the ever-changing recommendations by the government for the health and safety of everyone as it relates to COVID-19. We are doing our best to inform you with information as it comes into our office.
We would like to thank you for your cooperation during this time. We will continue to serve our community throughout Putnam County with dedication and loyalty.
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