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Sheriff trying to limit deputies’ exposure to COVID-19

“We’re just trying to keep everybody healthy here and trying to limit our staff’s exposure,” said Gloucester Sheriff Darrell Warren said of his agency’s efforts to cope with COVID-19.

That can be particularly difficult for his patrol deputies who are frequently in contact with the public. Warren said in reference to calls regarding crimes in which there is no evidence to be collected or crime scene to be photographed, such as telephone scams or other frauds, deputies will take reports over the phone if possible. He also said calls regarding keys locked in vehicles will only be responded to by his officers if they involve an emergency, such as a child locked inside.

At the Gloucester Jail, Warren said those who serve time on the weekends only will not have to report to the jail again until April 17. Also, visitation for those who are currently incarcerated is suspended until further notice.

In addition, Warren said fingerprinting for civilians who desire it has also been suspe...

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