NEWFANE -- In response to the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic, the Windham County Sheriff's Office is taking a variety of steps to ensure necessary public safety services it provides continue, while taking steps and precautions necessary to minimize the spread of the virus. We continue to monitor the information provided by the Vermont Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control, and Vermont Emergency Management for the most up-to-date information and best practices. Changes will adapt as necessary based on the best information and practices we have.
First, we are encouraging elderly, shut-ins, self-quarantined, injured, or ill community members to subscribe to the “Are You Okay?” program which provides a regular, scheduled call to check their welfare. This free program allows us to continue our community care taking role from a distance and can dispatch emergency services to a subscriber when necessary.
Deputies will continue to physically respond to emergencies where life, limb, or property are in jeopardy. Deputies will also handle non-emergency calls via electronic communication when possible. To minimize exposure to surfaces, we may request people meet us outside of their homes or businesses. Deputies may be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves or masks as a precaution.
Consistent with guidance from the Vermont Department of Health, we have suspended all fingerprinting for civilian licensing/background checks until after April 15th, 2020. Additionally, our lobby will be closed starting March 17, 2020. People coming to our office can use the call box by the door.
Our office is monitoring the health of all of our employees. Disinfecting and cleaning protocols for our office, vehicles, and equipment are occurring regularly. We have been in contact with all local law enforcement agencies in Windham County as part of our emergency management procedure to confirm mutual aid agreements and resource sharing agreements to ensure continuity of policing services, dispatching services, and the safety of our community.
Through these trying times, the Windham County Sheriff’s Office will continue to serve the people of Windham County. Be well and be safe.
Sheriff Mark R. Anderson