OPINION: Sweetwater County Law Enforcement Leaders Share Community Message

OPINION: Sweetwater County Law Enforcement Leaders Share Community Message

Chief Dwane Pacheco, RSPD, Sheriff John Grossnickle, SCSO and Chief Tom Jarvie, GRPD

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The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, Rock Springs Police Department and Green River Police Department have united to release the following letter to Sweetwater County.

Their letter is as follows.

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“Dear citizens of Sweetwater County,

Day and night, the men and women of Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, Rock Springs Police Department and Green River Police Department are committed to the safety and welfare of all members of our community.

We are closely monitoring the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation here in Sweetwater County and assure you that our dedication to protecting the community is stronger than ever.

You can expect the same level of service from each of our agencies and, collectively, we remain united in our preparation to respond to emergencies and help ensure the safety of the community during this public health crisis.

During this unprecedented time where the need for social distancing and isolation has changed all of our daily lives, parents and caregivers must recognize their role as the “first line of defense” when it comes to protecting our children by diligently monitoring their daily activities and educating them on appropriate social behaviors and practices.

We continue to share a serious concern for public health and safety as each of our agencies continues to respond to large physical gatherings of young people. While we all struggle with the challenges of navigating our current reality, we would like to remind everyone that mitigating the impact of this disease here in our community demands a group effort from all of us including our children.

Social distancing means staying at home as much as possible. ANYONE can contract or spread this virus to another person. Effective social distancing demands we all observe these practices to help contain and prevent the spread of the virus. This virus impacts all of us, and is deadly for some. But, social and physical distancing is and will continue to make difference for those we care about and for our local healthcare system on which we all rely.”

Sincerely,
Sheriff John Grossnickle, SCSO
Chief Dwane Pacheco, RSPD
Chief Tom Jarvie, GRPD