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Published 3/14/2020
10:30am

Sheriff BeGole Announces Procedural Changes In Response to COVID-19

In Effect Until Further Notice, To Protect Public, Inmates and Staff

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Shiawassee County Sheriff Brian BeGole issued the following statement on Friday March 13th:

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are implementing a number of procedures to promote community separation and therefore, reduce the risk of exposure to the public, the inmates and the staff of the Shiawassee County Sheriff's Office. These procedures will remain in effect until further notice.
1. No off-site inmate work details will be allowed.

2. No video visitation in our lobby will be allowed. Online visitation can still be scheduled.

3. Sheriff Office lobby visits should be limited to essential business only.

4. No Preliminary Breath Tests will be administered. For those that may be ordered, individuals should contact their probation officers for further instructions,

5. All non-essential programs and support services are suspended for the duration of this emergency. (This includes church services, substance abuse programs, Inside View and any other programs requiring individuals from the general public to come to the jail.

6. Out-county jail bed space rental will no longer be provided.

7. Deputies will no longer respond in person to non-emergency calls for service. Whenever possible, deputies will handle these types of calls over the telephone. (Deputies will continue to respond to calls in progress or those that are considered an emergency).

8. Transport of prisoners to the court for arraignment will be limited to the polycom system whenever possible.

9. All new arrests coming into the jail will undergo a screening process prior to entering the facility in order to identify any individual who may be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

10. Cleaning and sanitation of all areas within the Sheriff's Office has been increased by staff and inmates.
  

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations of the Shiawassee County Health Department, state and federal agencies.

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