White County Sheriff Doug Maier is echoing the advice of the county's state's attorney as it applies to the governor's stay at home Executive Order. “State's Attorney Denton Aud spoke for law enforcement in the county,” Sheriff Maier said. “I feel he made it clear that we will not enforce the Executive Order – this is not a law enforcement issue. We are more concerned with the Constitutional rights of our citizens.”
While affirming his officers won't enforce the governor's Executive Order, Sheriff Maier acknowledged that COVID-19 has had a huge impact on how his department operates. “This has been a very unique and difficult time,” Sheriff Maier said. “My staff and deputies have also been placed in a very difficult situation. I am extremely proud of them for their commitment to continue to serve and protect the people of White County, placing themselves at risk to do so.”
Maier added his officers are continuing to avoid as much contact as possible by handling many of the county's non-emergency calls over the telephone. However, Maier added that in the majority of the calls, his deputies still respond in person.
Sheriff's deputies as well as corrections officers have personal protection equipment (PPE) including masks, eye protection, gloves and hand sanitizer available if the situation requires. “Deputies do not wear masks all the time. Only when entering an environment where the risk would warrant this.”
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