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New State Guidelines Released to Protect Law Enforcement

Posted at 6:12 AM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 08:08:48-04

TULSA, Okla. — Governor Kevin Stitt and Attorney General Mike Hunter have released guidelines for law enforcement agencies across the state to help prevent exposure to the coronavirus during daily activities.

The state lays out four main areas where law enforcement could potentially be exposed to the virus.

It includes making an arrest, transferring inmates, managing current jail and prison populations and staff screening.

Law enforcement agencies have been asked to modify existing policies and procedures before taking low-level offenders into jail or detention facilities.

They should also try to limit exposure in the field, by maintaining at least six feet from others, if possible.

The state is also discouraging transferring inmates to Oklahoma jails, unless under pressing circumstances.

If a transfer is necessary, they must perform a verbal screening and temperature check as suggested by the CDC.

The state is also recommending collaborative efforts between prosecutors and defense counsel that could help reduce jail populations.

In addition, all jails and prisons must have a sufficient stock of hygiene products and be educated on the symptoms of COVID-19.

Officials hope these guidelines will help protect the ones serving every day.

You can read the full list of guidelines here.

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