Coronavirus Update About Sheriff's Office Operations 

Information provided by the Miami County Sheriff's Department 

TROY - In continuing efforts to keep the community updated on the Coronavirus situation Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak is relaying the following concerning operations at the Sheriff’s Office:

 

JAIL OPERATIONS

 

  •  Jails will be sanitized at least three times a day in all areas commonly touched by inmates and staff, i.e. door knobs, tables, faucets, etc.  This started last week.

  • All jail visitations have been suspended.  We are negotiating with our phone vendor to lower the video conferencing rates for inmates and to afford all inmates one free session each week.  Additional mail privileges enacted at no cost to inmate.

  • All new rental of idle jail beds have been suspended.

  • Additional sanitation supplies, latex gloves, and other items have been ordered.

  • All staff, new inmates, and professional visitors are screened prior to entry into jail to include temperature being taken.

  • All inmate programming not court ordered has been suspended.

  • All courts are utilizing more video conferencing for hearings.

 

PATROL OPERATIONS

 

  • Cruisers, office space, phones, door knobs are being sanitized as frequently as possible.  Sanitizing equipment is being purchased to “fog” cruisers for better sanitation.

  • Minor property crimes and other similar crimes are being handled on the phone by deputies instead of in-person.  On calls in which a deputy responds we would ask that the caller meet the deputy outside if practical.

 

SUPPORT STAFF

 

  •  Two support staff employees will be working from home starting at the end of this week.

 

All employees are following Universal Precautions and are attempting to limit contact with other persons as much as possible.

 

I would ask that residents not panic and not hoard items as this only hurts our neighbors.  Everything that I have learned is that there is plenty of supplies for supermarkets and we should start seeing shelves re-stocked with most supplies soon.  Being that our seniors can be most at risk I have assigned Captain Tom Wheeler to reach out to various food pantries, churches, Meals on Wheels type programs, etc. to learn if they are in need of transportation to drop off medical supplies and groceries to that segment of the population.  If so, deputies will drop off supplies on the porch, again limiting any contact.  If any organization could use transportation assistance with that type food of program please contact Captain Wheeler at 937-440-6085 EXT. 6620 or email at wheeler.tom@miamicountyso.com.

 

Local government is doing all that is possible to continue to serve residents.  Please continue to follow all health department guidelines for sanitation and limit contact with other persons.  There are going to continue to be disruptions in all of our lives, but working together we will get through this.  I will continue to keep residents updated as timely as possible.

 

Dave Duchak, Sheriff

Miami County

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