Posey Co. Sheriff: no “random stops” to enforce Holcomb executive order

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Posey County, Ind. (WEHT)- Posey County Sheriff Tom Latham said in a press release that while violating Gov. Eric Holcomb’s “Directive for Hoosiers to Stay at Home” executive order is a criminal offense, the Sheriff’s Office does not plan to make random stops on citizens who are not “in evident violation” of the law.

Latham says the office has received multiple calls from residents encouraging more rigorous but adds that the demands of the office are “too great” to round up violators of the law. Instead, he says the best enforcer of the law is someone’s conscience, not the police or the sheriff.

Latham also requested that 911 and dispatch lines stay clear for “legitimate emergency calls.” He says he “shares public disgust” with those who choose to violate the executive order, calling it “wrong.”

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(This story was originally published on March 27, 2020)

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