BCSO implements new protocols during COVID-19 pandemic

The Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford is providing deputies with new equipment and has added new protocols in order to protect deputies and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay)

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford is providing deputies with new equipment and has added new protocols in order to protect deputies and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a press release sent by the Bay County Sheriff's Ofifice, is said additional gloves and N95 masks have been distributed to patrol deputies. It said they also distributed hand sanitizer and hand wipes.

According to the release, business travel and training schools such as conferences have been restricted.

Telecommunicators have been given questions to ask to identify the symptoms of COVID-19, the information gathered will help inform responding deputies understand the situation and better help the ill person.

Starting Monday, March 23, the Bay County Sheriff's deputies will respond to minor reports and complaints that do not require a deputy on scene by phone.

The releases said that if a person calling in a crime requests a deputy to respond they will have one sent to them.

After a report is taken by phone, an investigator or an assigned zone deputy will follow up on the case.

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