Pontotoc County Sheriff's Office
COVID 19 OPERATION PLAN
March 19, 2020
The Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) and Pontotoc County Justice Center (PCJC) have made changes to our daily operations due to the current State of Emergency dealing with COVID 19. We are monitoring information from the CDC, State Department of Health as well as our detention health care provider, Turn Key Health. Below is a list of temporary changes we have made or are currently making:
Detention Visitation – All face to face visitation and on-site video kiosk visitation has been suspended. We are working with our online video visitation provider to allow free online video visitation time for each inmate each week.
Detention Screening - A Coronavirus screening process is in place. Every person booked in will be quarantine to an individual cell until our nurse can do a more thorough assessment. In the event we have someone in our facility test positive, we have the capability to create a “quarantine pod” with individual cells. PCSO and PCJC with guidance from the District Attorney and District Judges are evaluating each arrest/warrant to determine the need to detain.
Detention Facility - Inmate workers are assigned for cleaning and sanitizing common areas. Cleaning supplies are provided to each pod for cleaning and sanitization as needed.
Public – The lobbies of both the PCSO and PCJC are closed during the duration of the emergency. PCSO staff are available to meet with public inquiries in safe areas outside the PCSO lobby. The PCSO door is monitored by video for public in need of assistance, with staff available to respond. PCJC staff can be reached either by telephone or by use of the intercom at the front lobby door of the PCJC. The processing of SDA gun permits and finger printing is suspended for the duration of the emergency.
Patrol – PCSO is still responding to calls as needed and continues to patrol all areas of the county. Calls for service will be handled over the phone when possible, with reports taken over the phone if there is no need to meet in person. Statements can be faxed or emailed to the PCSO.
Exposure – Should a member of our staff (PCSO or PCJC) be exposed to a person that has been diagnosed to have the coronavirus, a decontamination procedure will be followed.
Staff - We are monitoring our staff daily to ensure they do not have any symptoms.
Sex and/or violent offender registrants are directed to call the Sheriff’s Office to make arrangements for their routine paperwork. Required signed paperwork can be email or fax to the Sheriff’s Office. The emailed or faxed paperwork will be accepted as the original paperwork until the State of Emergency is lifted.
This plan will be reevaluated daily to fit the needs of staff, detainees as well as the public. In 30 days, we will review this in its entirety and adjust accordingly.
John G. Christian
Pontotoc County Sheriff