Law Enforcement Urge Residents to Stay Home
Source: Santa Barbara County Law Enforcement Chief’s Association
The members of the Santa Barbara County Law Enforcement Chiefs (CLEC) Association are unified in our goal of maintaining peace and order throughout Santa Barbara County as we support our local, state and federal Public Health authorities in their efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The Order of the State Public Health Officer, issued March 19, 2020, requires all people living in California to stay home or at their place of residence until further notice. There are limited exceptions. Persons working in the 16 critical infrastructure sectors may continue their work, and residents may leave their homes to obtain food, prescriptions and health care, or go outside for recreation as long as a 6-foot distance between persons is maintained.
It is imperative that our agencies maintain a unified approach in enforcing this important order that has been issued for the safety and well-being of those who live and work in the communities we serve.
We have great concern and empathy for those who are experiencing frustration, financial loss, heightened anxiety and fear during these troubling times. Although this Public Health Order can be enforced through citations or arrests if violated we are encouraging our personnel to educate the public and exercise discretion in obtaining voluntary compliance. Our enforcement posture with members of our communities will be one of collaboration and the encouragement of voluntary compliance whenever possible.
Make no mistake, however, in understanding that we will be steadfast and diligent in seeking out and bringing to justice criminal offenders who attempt to take advantage of this situation.
We are in the midst of an unprecedented public health emergency that is going to strain public health and safety resources, including law enforcement officers.
We are all in this together. We will work together with those who we protect and serve to achieve the best possible outcome.
Together, we will succeed.