Harris County Sheriff's Department FAQ on Covid response
Frequently Asked Questions COVID-19 The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is working diligently to maintain a high level of public service during the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Ensuring the public safety – including the safety of Sheriff’s Office employees and the inmates entrusted into our care – is our top priority. The following are answers to frequently asked questions about how COVID-19 is impacting Sheriff’s Office operations.
Q: How has COVID-19 impacted law enforcement services? A: At this time, the COVID-19 pandemic has had little impact on patrol and criminal investigation activities. Deputies continue to patrol our streets and neighborhoods, responding to calls for service that require a law enforcement presence. Investigators are still responding to crime scenes, particularly those involving violence.
Types of reports that may be taken by phone or online include: Burglary (only to add property) Criminal mischief/vandalism Theft (under $750) Fraudulent use of ID Forgery Credit card abuse Property lost/found Missing person/runaway Terroristic threat Stolen vehicle Telephone harassment
Q: What is being done to protect Sheriff’s Office deputies, detention officers, and other staff members? A: All Sheriff’s Office staff members have been encouraged to follow the latest guidance from the CDC Harris County Public Health: www.cdc.gov/coronavi rus/index.html
In addition to this guidance, the Sheriff’s Office has provided deputies and jail staff access to Personal Protective Equipment that includes facemasks, eye goggles, gloves, and body suits. Patrol deputies have been given cleaning materials that they are using to disinfect their vehicles any time they are called upon to transport a suspect.
Watch this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn3zUd7DODw&feature=youtu.be) to learn more about how patrol deputies are protecting themselves and the community.
Q: What else is being done to limit inmate exposure to COVID-19? A: You can learn more about efforts to address the health of inmates in jail by watching this video: youtu.be/pR8jz5N75Wk
Q: What if I have concerns about a friend or loved one in the jail? A: Additional staff members have been assigned to field calls on the Inmate Care Concern phone line at (713) 274-7477, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Inmate Care Concerns may also be submitted online: www.harriscountyso.o rg/JailInfo/inmate_i nfo_inmate_QOL.aspx through the web portal. Click online to be redirected to the Inmate Care portal.
Attorney-client interviews and other essential visits are not be affected.
Phone service provider Securus will offer each inmate five free calls per week while visitation is suspended. To set up an account with Securus you need to know the inmate's SPN number, you can also visithttps://www.harriscountyso.org/JailInfo/inmate_info_inmate_phonecalls.aspx or call Securus at 1- 800-844-6591.