Handcuffs & Coffee brings the issues of local law enforcement back to the coffee table: Our community, our issues, our responsibility.
An uncertain time requires cooperation. We as a community are navigating uncharted territory. It is critically important that we slow and hopefully stop the spread of COVID-19. If we examine what has already happened in other areas around the country and globe, and take warning of the burden placed on the healthcare system, we can play a role in improving our situation. It is within all of us as Americans to help one another and protect our most vulnerable.
“I know the COVID-19 outbreak has been difficult and has disrupted the lives of people across our state. Issuing a Safer at Home order isn’t something I thought we’d have to do and it’s not something I take lightly, but here’s the bottom line: folks need to start taking this seriously,” said Gov. Evers. “Each and every one of us has to do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 so we can flatten the curve to ensure our doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers have the opportunity to do their important work. Let’s all do our part and work together.”
The public should follow simple steps to prevent illness and avoid exposure to this virus including:
- Avoid social gatherings with people of all ages (including play dates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, visitors in your home, non-essential workers in your house);
- Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water;
- Covering coughs and sneezes;
- Avoiding touching your face; and
- Staying home.
I would ask you follow the State guidelines voluntarily. When you voluntarily comply with the safety recommendations you are not only helping the healthcare system and its hard working individuals, you help yourself and all of us.
If we work together we will win this struggle. I know that anxiety and at times fear will be emotions we all experience. Trust that your community leaders, police department and allied agencies are taking steps to provide safety and security during the Governors order. Grocery stores are open and are being restocked nightly. Medical offices are providing services and medical prescriptions are being filled.
This is our opportunity to remind the rest of the world why America is the greatest country and, when united, Americans can overcome any challenge.
You will not be alone, we are here. #LodiWI #LOPD
Chief Wayne A. Smith is currently employed by the City of Lodi Wi. Smith is a charter member (1996) of The Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators (WAHI) and held the office of President (2012-2013), and in 2011 was named Death Investigator of the Year by WAHI.