The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that it will be making some alterations to the way it does things in response to the ongoing coronavirus saga.
"The (YCSO) will be implementing temporary changes in protocol and the services we offer to the public due to the COVID-19 virus situation," a release said. "These changes are being implemented to protect our staff, the public and inmates who interact with YCSO corrections employees."
Beginning Monday, the agency's office was open to staff, but closed to the public, including the YCSO dog control licensing bureau. Items emailed or mailed to the sheriff's office will be processed normally, the release said, as will items placed in the office's secure drop box in its lobby. However, processing of concealed handgun license applications and fingerprinting services will be curtailed until further notice.
An abundance of caution has prompted changed to the way the office operates in the field as well.
"Patrol deputies are being instructed to answer calls for service via telephone if possible, but will continue to respond in person to emergency situations and those wishing personal contact," the release said.
The jail will see some changes as well.
"The Yamhill County Correctional Facility will be modifying the procedure for, but not eliminating, inmate visitation," the release said. "Specialty programs requiring outside entities to enter the jail … will be suspended until further notice."
How long these changes in YCSO operations will continue depends primarily on the state of the pandemic in the future.
"We will continue to work closely with public health officials and our public safety partners to monitor the situation and will adjust protocol as needed to fulfill our mission to the citizens of Yamhill County," the release said.
For more information, visit https://www.co.yamhill.or.us/sheriff
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