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Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman released a statement Monday to inform residents of temporary changes being made at the sheriff’s office in response to the public health emergency order issued by Governor Brian Kemp.
Freeman said that while the two precincts and the jail in the county will remain open to the public, he encourages that residents use online resources provided by the office or call over the phone when they can, limiting unnecessary face-to-face contact for the time being. Residents can report minor crimes through FCSO’s online portal.
“Rest assured, FCSO will continue to respond to calls for service,” Freeman said in the statement. “If you need us…. I assure you we will be there.”
The FCSO has also decided to temporarily suspend some services and outside jail programs. Programs that help to hold GED classes, bring together religious organizations and allow for visitation time for inmates have all been suspended. While inmates will not be able to see family and friends, Freeman said that detention center venders will be granting free additional e-postcards and phone time to those who want it.
Freeman said that FCSO will also be suspending community courses such as the Citizens Law Enforcement Academy and Women’s Self Defense courses along with services such as fingerprinting and background checks for alcohol service permits.
FCSO plans to make these changes effective Tuesday, March 17, according to Freeman’s statement.
“We will get through this together, the Forsyth County way…. taking care of each other,” Freeman said.