MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that it would be modifying its operations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“In an effort to do our part to help contain COVID-19 and curtail potential exposures, we are modifying our lobby/front office protocol at the Madera Sheriff’s Office and Oakhurst Substation,” said MCSO’s Facebook post. “The purpose is to ensure the health and safety of our community and staff.”
MCSO assured the community that “deputies will still be responding to your calls and requests for service and patrolling our beautiful county.”
Effective March 20, only the essential front-office services will be available.
“We ask that citizens call us prior to coming to the office at (559) 675-7770 to discuss your need and to see if it can be handled over the phone. We will be locking the front door and requesting you call us if you need help with an essential service.”
Essential services include:
- Vehicle releases
- Sex offender/ gang/ arson registration
- CCW Renewals with a prior appointment
- Property release with a prior appointment
- Priority/Essential report requests
- Filing restraining orders
“We kindly ask that you please call our Records Division for information on services prior to coming in,” Friday’s post also stated. “They can be reached at (559) 675-7770. If you need to report a crime or speak to a deputy, please call the same number and ask for dispatch.”
“Your health and the health of our employees are a priority to Madera County. Thank you for your understanding and unwavering support during this unprecedented time. We can’t wait for this period to pass so we can get back to business and get back to all of the community events, the high fives, and the normality that we cherish.”