Local Sheriff's Send COVID calls to Public Health Departments

by Placerville Newswire / Nov 21, 2020 / comments

<Dena Webster>

Governor Newsom purported to impose a curfew that would apply to our region. However, the Sheriffs of Placer, Sacramento, and El Dorado county will not be enforcing it, trusting people to make their own decisions.

Placer County Sheriff Devon Bell, 

"The Placer County Sheriff’s Office will not enforce the order and will continue to take the same educational approach as we have done since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand the importance of having a careful balance between mitigating COVID-19 and maintaining individual liberties and freedoms. The Sheriff’s Office will continue to respond to criminal complaints and ensure public safety, which remains our number one priority."

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones,

“The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office will not be determining—including entering any home or business—compliance with, or enforcing compliance of, any health or emergency orders related to curfews, staying at home, Thanksgiving or other social gatherings inside or outside the home, maximum occupancy, or mask mandates."


Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones,

"In response to much social uncertainty and numerous inquiries. I wanted to clarify the position of the Sacramento Sheriffs Office relative to existing health orders, as well as any potential impending orders at the County or State level. 

The Sacramento County Sheriffs Office will not be determining—including entering any home or business—compliance with, or enforcing compliance of, any health or emergency orders related to curfews, staying at home, Thanksgiving or other social gatherings inside or outside the home, maximum occupancy, or mask mandates. Further, we will not dispatch officers for these purposes—callers will be advised to call 3-1-1 and be routed to County Health. Of course, if there is potential criminal behavior or the potential for impacts to public or personal safety we will continue to respond appropriately. 

I would like to wish everyone a happy and meaningful Thanksgiving Holiday." 


El Dorado County Sheriff John D'Agostini

"On November 19, 2020, The California Department of Public Health issued a curfew order for the State of California.  The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is aware and will not be enforcing this curfew order. 

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office deputies will not be determining compliance with, or enforcing the compliance of, any health order related to this curfew.  The Sheriff’s Office will not prevent Thanksgiving activities, maximum occupancies, or mask wearing mandates at social gatherings within the County of El Dorado.  Calls received by The Sheriff’s Office regarding enforcement of any COVID related  orders will be referred to the El Dorado County Department of Public Health at 530-621-6100.  

We will still address reports of criminal activity related to public safety and our El Dorado County citizens.  The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will continue to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America."