In light of the “Stay-At-Home” order by Governor Parson, Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox responded to several questions his department received. Cox says:
This is not Marshall law. The military is not here or taking over our county.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office will NOT be stopping motorists solely to determine if you are in violation of the request to Shelter in Place.
The sheriff’s office will not be issuing citations to citizens who are out. We believe you are very capable to determine if you “need” to be out of your home.
Cox says his department will always assist the Livingston County Health Center, First Responders and other Law Enforcement Agencies whenever and wherever needed for the health and safety of all.
The department will continue responding to calls for service, investigate crimes, and be steadfast in protecting our citizens. We are very mindful of potential criminal acts during these times and are being watchful and will always take appropriate action.
He says they are actively communicating and working closely with the Chillicothe Police, Missouri State Highway Patrol and leadership for the County and State. Chillicothe Police Department Chief Jon Maples and Sheriff Cox communicate daily about issues and needs. Sheriff Cox has also been receiving periodic updates from the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association on information from around the state.
The sheriff asks that you please follow Governor Parson’s directives and pay attention to local and statewide media for updates. Stay at Home or Shelter in Place is simply asking everyone to do that as best possible. If you do not need to be out for urgent needs (food, work, medicine, medical care) then stay in and avoid the virus.