The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office issued the following statement on social media Monday in response to the State of Ohio “Stay at Home” Order:
“Ohio’s Stay-at-Home Order goes into effect tonight, Monday, March 23 at 11:59PM, and while we cannot address specific questions or scenarios, we request all residents comply with the Ohio Department of Health’s Order, which specifically defines essential workers and businesses—in great detail.
DELAWARE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Deputies will exercise broad discretion.
We will NOT intentionally seek out violators.
There are no planned checkpoints.
If deputies would encounter someone in response to a call for service, such as a traffic crash or a report of a suspicious person, etc. at that time we would inquire as to where they are headed and their reason for travel.
We will handle each incident on a case-by-case basis.
Our expectation is that if you are traveling for an essential need or work, you will be going from Point A to Point B. In other words, should a deputy have contact with someone, the reason they provide for their travel will comply with the Governor’s and ODH Order.
As our residents comply, deputies can direct their energy and services to where we’re needed. I.E.: responding to serious crimes, supporting victims, and assisting the elderly and fragile populations.
We ask residents to use caution in every decision related to their personal actions and the potential spread of COVID-19.
At the Sheriff’s Office, we want what every American surely wants at this time: to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and to help protect our loved ones, friends, neighbors, and vulnerable populations.
ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES & WORKERS
We are asking employers to assist law enforcement as much as possible.
EMPLOYERS: Providing your employees with an “Essential Worker” letter indicating they are required to work is a helpful tool for law enforcement should we come into contact with them during the normal course of our duties. The letter will help us to quickly verify employment and we would be able to expedite our contact.
The letter should include the following: printed on company letterhead, have employee’s name and work hours, address of work, employer contact name and 24/7 phone number, and be dated and signed.
EMPLOYEES: When traveling to and from work, please have in your possession your “Essential Worker” letter (if provided to you by your employer), driver’s license/government issued photo ID, and work ID. This will expedite any potential interaction we may have with you.