Police taking extra steps to protect themselves during coronavirus pandemic

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Law enforcement officers aren't stopping their jobs as they continue to fight crime while trying to fight off the risk of getting the coronavirus.

They come into contact with members of the public every day to keep everyone safe.

Now they are taking extra steps to keep themselves safe. Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies are disinfecting their cruisers at the beginning and end of every shift.

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They are also asking you to keep your distance. If you call, they may take a report over the phone instead of in-person.

It is also up to the deputy whether they will give criminals a summons to appear in court, or take them to jail unless they are accused of a violent crime or felony.

They are trying to cut down their risks of coming into close contact with someone who may have COVID-19.

“Very concerned, obviously this isn't something you can see or touch. You have to take precautions. The reality is, an exposure, you could be notified a day or two after you've had contact with someone. It's a domino effect,” said Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jim Gilbert.

The sheriff's office is already making plans for not if but when deputies test positive.

They are looking at staffing to make sure they can cover if deputies need to be quarantined.

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