Sheriff McBride Responds

"...just be good human beings..."

Lee Rogers
March 25, 2020 - 5:49 am
Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride - File Photo

Lee Rogers

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The Anderson County Sheriff's Office issued the following statement from Sheriff Chad McBride Tuesday evening.

Anderson, SC (24 March 2020, 7:15 p.m. EDT) –On March 23, 2020 Governor McMaster issued an order allowing law enforcement personnel to disperse three or more people gathering together.  We have received numerous questions about this order and how it will affect our community.  
 
First and foremost, the safety of our citizens and this community are our upmost priority.  This office has adjusted during this pandemic to ensure that we are still providing the highest quality of service to Anderson County as we can during this unprecedented time.  The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office’s function will be to keep the peace, provide law and order and serve and meet our citizen’s needs.  

The Governor’s directive of dispersing crowds of 3 or more is concerning those individuals who may pose a higher health risk and for those who would be purposely undermining the measures taken by the State to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  We hope that we do not encounter situations as this, however if we do, we will utilize discretion, common sense and whatever we can do to mitigate those circumstances.  We also hope that people that normally would congregate will find alternative ways to communicate, fellowship, and worship.  We will not interfere with churches, although we hope your church leaders utilize current best practices and good common sense.  This directive also does not apply to businesses or people conducting business, which inevitably will place more than 3 people together at times.    

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is your sheriff’s office.  We are a part of this community and want to keep this community safe as possible.  We live here and work here and are stakeholders in this community as well.  We care about how the virus has affected us, how it’s going to affect us, and what the lasting impact will be.

This is a time for us to focus on God, bring prayer back in our lives, pray for our community, County, State and our great Nation.  Let’s take opportunities to serve one another, look out for our neighbors, and just be good human beings as we all face this challenge together.

God bless,

Chad

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