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JOINT PRESS STATEMENT
from the upper valley law enforcement agencies
January 21, 2021
We understand the frustration of many in the valley community with those who are perceived as flouting the COVID-19 public health orders.
Throughout the pandemic the role of Public Health Order enforcement has been and continues to clearly be the responsibility of the Pitkin County Public Health Department and County Attorney. Police and Sheriff’s agencies around the country have been hesitant to take an enforcement role in a public health related issue due to the legal and policy challenges involved.
The above being said, upper valley police and the sheriff are continuing to support the Public Health team due to a number of changed factors:
The perception of heavy-handedness and police overreach intruding into the lives of community members is also of significant concern at a time when police agencies are looking to build trust.
Many in the community talk of writing tickets. What this means is that a person, if convicted, could have a misdemeanor arrest record for a Class 1 Misdemeanor, the highest class of misdemeanor. We are not convinced that this is the sort of outcome our community seeks for every violation.
Here’s what the public can expect from their police officers and sheriff’s deputies:
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