COVID-19 Carteret Sheriff’s Office Update: Risk Reduction Measures

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Released by Carteret County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Nick Wilson Monday, March 23 at 4:24 pm

In response to the growing concerns over exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office is making additional changes in operating procedures.

CCSO PRECAUTIONS

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First responders play a vital role in responding to public health concerns such as COVID-19. Based upon CDC guidance, CCSO employees are:

• Practicing enhanced hygiene practices

• Limiting face-to-face interaction to only when operationally necessary

• Completing reports for non-emergency calls via telephone. For non-emergencies contact the Carteret County Communications Center at (252) 726-1911. For emergencies dial 911.

CCSO OPERATIONS AND CLOSURES

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While we value face-to-face interactions, we understand the need to reduce risk to both citizens and employees during this time of recommended social distancing. As such, we have modified the way we are providing many CCSO services.

• CCSO ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE / MAIN LOBBY: Our law enforcement administrative offices and main lobby will restrict access to the public beginning at 8:00 am on Tuesday, March 24. For more information call (252) 728-8400, ext. 8826.

• CIVIL PROCESS: CCSO will continue to accept civil processes. If you have additional questions regarding changes in the civil process procedures, please call (252) 728-8400; ext. 8810.

• RECORDS DIVISION: The Records Division is closed to the public at the CCSO Administrative Office. Individuals wishing to request a copy of a report or other type of records request, can call (252) 728-8400, ext. 8801.

• FINGERPRINTING SERVICES: CCSO has suspended ALL non-essential fingerprinting services effective March 24, 2020, including fingerprinting for new concealed carry weapon applications.

• PISTOL PURCHASE APPLICATIONS: Applications for pistol purchase permits will still be processed, but the applicant must complete the online application process via our website. Applicants will receive instructions, by email, on what steps to take to complete the application process.

• NEW – CONCEALED CARRY APPLICATIONS: Due to social distancing limitations and fingerprint requirements, processing new concealed carry weapon applications has been suspended until further notice. Appointments already scheduled for new concealed carry permits will be rescheduled by our Permitting Division. For more information, call (252) 728-8400; ext. 8808.

• RENEWAL – CONCEALED CARRY APPLICATIONS: Applications for renewal of concealed carry weapon permits will still be processed, but the applicant must complete the online application process via our website. Processing applicant fingerprints is not required for renewals. Applicants will receive instructions, by email, on what steps to take to complete the process. For more information, call (252) 728-8400; ext. 8808.

• INMATE VISITATION: CCSO Inmate Visitation Center closed to the public on Friday, March 20, 2020. However, each inmate was given additional calling privileges at no charge. Visitors can contact the Detention Center at (252) 504-4832 for more information.

• DEPOSITS FOR INMATE COMMISSARY: The inmate kiosk in our lobby is currently out of service until further notice. If you wish to place money on an inmate’s commissary account, please send a cashier’s check or money order to: Carteret County Sheriff’s Office “Inmate Name” PO Box 239, Beaufort, NC 28516. For more information, contact the Detention Center at (252) 504-4832.

Although the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office will be operating on some temporary changes, this will not affect our ability to respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for service and the citizens can expect the same high level of service.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work together to protect the health and safety of all of our citizens.