Deputies ask public to stop calling 911 for stay-at-home order violations

Glenn County deputies are asking residents to stop calling 911 if it's not an emergency.

Posted: Mar 24, 2020 4:59 PM

GLENN COUNTY, Calif. – Glenn County Deputies are asking residents to stop calling 911 if it’s not an emergency.

The department said it’s swamped with calls reporting violations of Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order. The department has two dispatchers and at least 20 deputies on staff.

Deputies said they are not going to issue any citations or fines if someone is not cooperating. In fact, they believe most people are behaving well.

Glenn County Sheriff OES Deputy Director, Amy Travis told Action News Now a lot of the calls include people having friends and family over at their house. But Travis said if they want to risk it, they can do that but they advise against it.

If deputies did enforce the order, it would be a huge risk for them.

“By enforcing it, it puts our officers at risk, because they then have to have contact,” Travis said. “We don’t have a lot of law enforcement officers over here. We have a lot of people in those essential business functions so there are a lot of people out in the streets.”

Travis added that since Glenn County is so rural, most people already keep their social distancing in check.

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