Certain members of the community cannot stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bannock County Sheriff's deputies are some of those who have to continue to work during the outbreak. To keep the officers and the public safe, those deputies are following new protocol while interacting with the public.
Deputies have hand sanitizer in their patrol vehicles to use after interacting with the public, officers have to follow the six-foot distance rule when they have to interact with the public, and when responding to calls officers are limited to how many can enter a home.
The department is also monitoring its deputies' health to ensure that if there is a possibility one contracts the virus, it's caught as soon as possible to curve how quickly it spreads.
The sheriff's office is asking for your help while the governor's Stay-at-Home order is in place.
Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen says, "And that's what we're asking the public: isolate. Stick with your family. You can still go out for walks, but don't congregate into high places. It's just not worth it."