Changes in handling calls for service and jail operations
March 15, 2020 7:20 pm
Press release from the Hays County Sheriff’s office:
The Hays County Sheriff’s Office recognizes the fact that the COVID-19 virus is present in Hays
County and that the spreading of the virus is most likely inevitable. It is imperative that the
Sheriff’s Office applies due diligence in keeping our employees from becoming infected as well
as inadvertly spreading the virus to the citizenry of Hays County. Therefore, the following
protocals have been set in place in an attempt to mitigate the spreading of COVID-19 and still
provide law enforcement services to Hays County.
Law Enforcement Response:
- Emergency/Life threatening calls or “in progress” calls for service will remain the same and will not change
- Non-Emergency/Routine calls for service will be handled over the phone if at all possible. If a response is required, our dispatchers have been directed to ask if anyone in the household is exhibiting symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.
- Deputies responding to a residence will make every attempt not to go inside the residence unless it is absolutely necessary and will be asking people to step outside when responding to a call for service.
- Deputies will try to maintain a “social distance” of approximately six feet with people they are interacting with.
- All civilian “ride-alongs” have been cancelled until further notice.
- All face to face visits have been cancelled until further notice with the exception of attorney visits. Video visits are still available for the inmates.
- During the intake of arrestees, our medical staff will assess the arrestee specifically for COVID-19. If the arrestee is showing symptoms of the virus, he/she will be redirected to a hospital and will not be accepted into the jail until he/she has been cleared by a doctor.
- All volunteer services have been suspended until further notice.
- Access to the jail will be limited to persons with a legitimate law enforcement purpose.