As the nation responds to the COVID 19 pandemic, we at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office are adapting to the challenges associated with providing professional law enforcement services to our community while keeping our citizens and our personnel safe and virus free.
“I want to assure the citizens of Columbia County, that if or when you need a deputy, one will be there to help you without delay. Our deputies are highly trained and have the best equipment, however limiting contact is the safest way to prevent this contagion from spreading. So with this in mind, I have directed some minor changes to keep everyone safe.”
Currently there are no significant changes in our day-to day operations. Deputies are still on patrol, being vigilant and answering calls for service. The detention deputies are still performing their duties; exercising care, custody and control of the inmates. The detectives are still investigating and solving cases. Judicial deputies are still securing our courts and serving civil papers. And lastly our administrative staff are still at work supporting our mission.
To prevent the possible spread of COVID 19 among our community, we will be limiting access to the Sheriff’s Operation building until the risk has subsided. Our lobby is open during normal business hours, however we ask that if your business can be conducted over the phone to please do so. Deputies have been instructed to do as much as they can over the phone and to limit person to person contact when possible. When person to person contact is required we will be following the CDC’s and state health department guidelines on staying 6 feet away when practical and using protective gear when appropriate.
We will continue to update our citizens on the latest information on social media and our website. Please be patient and follow the health department guidelines so this time can be shortened.